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Doug Montgomery

Manager, Internet and Scalable Systems Research

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Position Description:

Manager of Internet and Scalable Systems Research within the Information Technology Laboratory (ITL) of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).   In that role I provide technical leadership to NIST's current research and standardization efforts in Internet Infrastructure Protection (e.g., Naming and Routing Security, Internet Protocol security); next-generation Internet technologies  (e.g., IPv6, SDN / NFV); and measurement, modeling, and analysis of behaviors within the Internet system.   

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I have been a leader in NIST's research in next-generation Internet technologies since 1986.   While the advanced networking technologies under study have spanned a broad spectrum over my career at NIST (e.g., IP quality of service, Internet telephony, Internet security and key management, robust Internet routing / naming / addressing, mobile systems, programmable networks, optical networking, multi-protocol label switching, service discovery, pervasive computing, IP version 6, public safety communications, congestion control, cloud computing, quantum cryptography), the strategic plan has been consistent:  to research and apply advanced test and measurement techniques to improve the quality and timeliness of new networking technologies that address identified national priorities and/or have the greatest potential for fueling broad-based innovation in the Internet.

The technical activities in my group run the range from basic research, to the design and analysis of consensus standards, to the development and operation of international conformance and interoperability testing programs.   I serve as the primary external representative for most of these efforts and have represented the work of my group to numerous industry, government and academic audiences, including congressional committees, inter-agency groups, international governments, VCAT and NRC review panels as well as other agency collaborators.   Examples of such interactions include House Science Committee, Federal CIO Council, Federal CIO, OSTP, NITRD, OMB, GSA, NTIA, Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), North American Network Operators Group(NANOG), ISO/IEC.

My management experience as a group leader at NIST includes managing a staff of computer scientists, electrical engineers, mathematicians and administrative personnel engaged in a wide variety of research and support tasks.  In the time that I have been a manager, the projects and programs in my group have been supported by DHS, NSA, LTS, DARPA, NSF, OMB, GSA, NIST ATP, DISA, NIST NAMT, NIST OLES and NIST IMS research funds.

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Technical Interests:

Next generation network technologies, Internet core infrastructure (naming, addressing, routing), scalability and robustness of Internet infrastructure, measurement and modeling of large-scale networked information systems.

Current Projects:

Past Projects:

  • Internet Protocol Security
  • Multi-Protocol Label Switching
  • All-Optical Networks
  • Programmable Active Services with SIP


Selected Publications:

1.     Toward Secure Routing Infrastructures, D. Montgomery and S. Murphy, IEEE Security & Privacy, vol.4, no.5, pp.84-87, Sept.-Oct. 2006

2.     A Profile for IPv6 in the US Government – Version 1.0, D. Montgomery, S. Nightingale, S. Frankel and M. Carson, NIST Special Publication 500-267, July 2008.      

3.     Study of BGP Peering Session Attacks and Their Impacts on Routing Performance, K. Sriram, D. Montgomery, O. Borchert, O. Kim, and R. Kuhn, IEEE Journal on Selected Areas in Communications: Special issue on High-Speed Network Security, Vol. 24, No. 10, October 2006, pp. 1901-1915.

4.     A Comparative Analysis of BGP Anomaly Detection and Robustness Algorithms, K. Sriram, O. Borchert, O. Kim, and P. Gleichmann, and D. Montgomery,  Proceedings of the Cybersecurity Applications and Technology Conference for Homeland Security (CATCH), Washington D.C., March 3-4, 2009, pp. 25-38.

5.     BGPSEC Protocol Specification, K. Sriram, D. Montgomery (co-authors) (Editor: M. Lepinski), draft-lepinski-bgpsec-protocol, March 2012.

6.     Enhanced Efficiency of Mapping Distribution Protocols in Scalable Routing and Addressing Architectures, K. Sriram, P. Gleichmann, Y.T. Kim, and D. Montgomery, Proceedings of the IEEE ICCCN 2010, Zurich, August 2010.

7.     Performance evaluation of two layered mobility management using mobile IP and session initiation protocol, J-W Jung, M. Ranganathan, D. Montgomery, H. Kahng, IEEE Globecom 2003, Pg. 1190-1194 vol. 3.

8.     Performance of optical burst switching techniques in multi-hop networks, B. Kim, Y. Cho, J. Lee, Y. Choi, D. Montgomery,  IEEE Globecom 2002, Pg. 2772-2776 vol. 3.

9.     Mobile streams: A middleware for reconfigurable distributed scripting, M. Ranganathan, V. Schaal, V. Galtier, D. Montgomery, Proceedings IEEE Third International Symposium on Mobile Agents,  1999, Pg 162-175.

10.  Fairness-guaranteed per-class-type queueing and hierarchical packet scheduling for DiffServ-aware-MPLS network, C. Kim, Y. Kim, D. Montgomery, IEEE Globecom 2004, Pg. 1718-1722 Vol. 3.

11.  A reliable message delivery protocol for mobile agents, M. Ranganathan, M. Bednarek, D. Montgomery, Springer Berlin/Heidelberg - Agent Systems, Mobile Agents, and Applications, 2000, Pg. 511-543.



  • 2013 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership in the development of the USGv6 Program fostering wide scale operational deployment of IPv6 in the USG.
  • 2011 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership, in collaboration with NTIA, to deploy DNSSEC at the root of the global DNS.
  • 2009 Dept of Commerce Gold Medal – Technical leadership, in collaboration with GSA to deploy DNSSEC in the Federal Government.
  • 2008  Federal 100 Award – Technical leadership, in collaboration with OMB, in the transition to IPv6.
  • 2008 ITL Best Standards Contribution Award – NIST SP on BGP Security.
  • 2007 ITL Best Journal Paper Award – Attack Modeling on the Global Routing System.
  • 1993 Dept of Commerce Bronze Medal – Technical leadership in testing frame relay technologies.



Created October 9, 2019, Updated November 14, 2019