Professor Brian Edward Carpenter

M.A., M.Sc., Ph.D.

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Honorary, Academic


Brian E. Carpenter joined the University of Auckland in September 2007. He was appointed Professor in January 2009 (part-time appointment).

Before that, he spent ten years with IBM, working on Internet standards and technology. From 1997 he was at IBM's Hursley Laboratory in England. From 1999 to 2001 he was at iCAIR, the international Center for Advanced Internet Research, sponsored by IBM at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois. From 2002 he was based in Switzerland as a Distinguished Engineer and a member of the IBM Academy of Technology.

From 1985 to 1996, he led the networking group at CERN, the European Laboratory for Particle Physics, in Geneva, Switzerland. This followed ten years in software for process control systems at CERN, interrupted by three years teaching undergraduate computer science at Massey University, New Zealand.

He holds a first degree in physics and a Ph.D. in computer science, and was a Chartered Engineer (UK). He has been an active participant in the Global Grid Forum, and in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where he has worked on IPv6 and on Differentiated Services. He has chaired the IETF, the Internet Architecture Board, and the Internet Society.

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Research | Current

Internet scaling, especially IPv6, and autonomic networking. Also computing history.

Teaching | Current

Office Hours: I work part time. Please send email if you need an appointment.


I work limited hours - research only.

Areas of expertise

Internet protocols; computer history

Selected publications and creative works (Research Outputs)

  • Carpenter, B. E., & Doran, R. W. (2014). John Womersley: Applied Mathematician and Pioneer of Modern Computing. IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, 36 (2), 60-70. 10.1109/MAHC.2014.25
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Bob Doran
  • Carpenter, B. E. (2014). IP addresses considered harmful. Computer Communication Review, 44 (2), 65-69. 10.1145/2602204.2602215
  • Carpenter, B. E. (2013). Network Geeks: How They Built the Internet. New York, NY: Springer-Verlag New York Incorporated. Pages: 345.
  • Qian, L., & Carpenter, B. E. (2012). A flow-based performance analysis of TCP and TCP applications. IEEE International Conference on Networks, ICON, 41-45. 10.1109/ICON.2012.6506531
  • Naderi, H., & Carpenter, B. E. (2011). A Review of IPv6 Multihoming Solutions. ICN 2011, The Tenth International Conference on Networks, 145-150. St Maarten.
  • Lee, D. J., Carpenter, B. E., & Brownlee, J. N. (2010). Observations of UDP to TCP ratio and port numbers. IEEE conference proceedings - Internet Monitoring and Protection (ICIMP), 2010, 99-104. Barcelona, Spain. 10.1109/ICIMP.2010.20
  • Lee, D. J., Carpenter, B. E., & Brownlee, J. N. (2010). Media Streaming Observations: Trends in UDP to TCP Ratio. International Journal on Advances in Systems and Measurements, 3 (3 & 4), 147-162.
    Other University of Auckland co-authors: Nevil Brownlee
  • Carpenter, B. E., & Partridge, C. (2010). Internet Requests for Comments (RFCs) as Scholarly Publications. ACM SIGCOMM COMPUTER COMMUNICATION REVIEW, 40 (1), 31-33.


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Primary location

Level 5, Room 579
New Zealand

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