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Dr. Vixie designed, implemented and deployed several Domain Name System (DNS) protocol extensions and applications that are used throughout the Internet today, including dynamic update, network reputation and BIND open-source software.
He is the primary author and technical architect of BIND 8. He started maintaining BIND 4 in 1988 while working for the Digital Equipment Corporation. He hired many of the people who wrote BIND 9 and BIND 10. BIND, which stands for Berkeley Internet Name Domain, is the most widely used DNS software on the Internet, and on Unix-like systems it is the de facto standard.
Vixie’s extensions allowed the DNS to scale beyond the original design and added the first elements of security. He created the first system that used DNS as a database for reputation information, and more recently, for response policy and rate limiting.
Vixie also founded the first anti-spam company, MAPS (for “Mail Abuse Prevention System”), a California nonprofit with the goal of stopping email abuse; started the first neutral commercial Internet exchange (the Palo Alto Internet Exchange, or PAIX); and founded the Internet Software Consortium, which coordinates and publishes open source implementations of core DNS, DHCP, and other protocols.