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EUROpean IPv6 Internet eXchanges backbone


The goal of the Euro6IX project is to support the rapid introduction of IPv6 in Europe. Towards this target, the project has defined a work plan. This describes the network design, network deployment, research on advanced network services, development of applications (that will be validated through the involvement of user groups and international trials), and active dissemination activities, including events and conferences, contributions to standards (IETF among others), publication of papers and active promotion of all the publicly available project results through the project web site. The project will research, design and deploy a native Pan-European IPv6 network, called the Euro6IX test bed. It will include the most advanced services obtainable from present technology and will follow the architecture of the current Internet (based on IPv4). It will consider all the levels needed for the worldwide deployment of the next generation Internet.

The infrastructure of Euro6IX will consist of the following different network levels:
· IX-level: Regional native IPv6 exchanges;
· Backbone-level: Pan-European core network that interconnects the regional exchanges and creates the highest level in the network hierarchy;
· Node-level: Service providers, ISPs and other providers accessing the core network to provide IPv6 services and end user access. The users will be connected by means of a variety of access technologies, including legacy IPv4 networks and services whenever no IPv6 native links are available or feasible. This level includes a set of academic, research and non-commercial trial users who will use native IPv6 services and generate IPv6 native traffic.

Euro6IX will offer advanced network services, and a repository of IPv6 enabled applications, which have been ported, adapted or enhanced, and made available for trials both within Euro6IX and to third parties. The native IPv6 traffic will be the result of both, specific and generic applications tuned for IPv6 (e.g. IPv6
enabled Web browsers). The validation will be performed in a realistic context where the different actors and roles, which exist in the present Internet, are extrapolated to the IPv6 based next generation Internet. This validation will be made through the involvement of existing and new user groups created by the project with the daily use of the network by project partners and through both, internal and public trials and other events. Additional dissemination, liaison and coordination activities will be performed in clusters, standards organizations or with interested third parties in order to give to the results of the project the highest visibility and to achieve the largest impact.

The success of the Euro6IX project will be measured against the achievement of:· Provision of efficient interconnectivity and advanced network services, for the complete IPv6 European level Internet.· Involvement of research entities and non-commercial trial users (user groups) in order to validate the network, advanced services and applications.· Promotion of the IPv6 interests by ISPs and users, standardization bodies and other related projects.

The first objective of the Euro6IX project is to research an appropriate architecture to design and deploy the first Pan-European non-commercial IPv6 Internet Exchange (IX) Network. It will connect several regional neutral IPv6 Internet Exchange points across Europe, and achieve the same level of robustness and service quality as currently offered by IPv4 Internet Exchange Networks.

That is:· To research and design a native IPv6 network which follows the hierarchical architecture of the global Internet by including:
1. A set of regional native IPv6 Internet Exchanges;
2. A core network to interconnect the exchanges;
3. A second/access level of nodes, for ISPs, sites, corporations and users.

· To deploy the native IPv6 network based on the proposed architecture · To test, tune and improve the main protocols, algorithms and techniques needed to deploy and operate the network and the advanced services. The involvement of the major/incumbent European Telcos in this project, covering also the bigger areas that have a higher Internet user growth rate, reflects the strategic importance of the fast and timely introduction of IPv6 in Europe.

The second objective is to use the deployed IPv6 IX infrastructure to research, test and validate IPv6-based applications and services, such as:· Investigations on the maturity of advanced IPv6 network services, as well as the feasibility of their inclusion in the Euro6IX test-bed, for example CoS/QoS, Mobility, Anycast and multicast, security, multi-homing, renumbering, and policy languages.· The development, porting, adaptation, or enhancement of IPv6 enabled applications, which will be made available for project trials and to third parties.· The research of the legal implications of the project related to users, networks, and service providers addressing, personal data protection, and privacy concerns about IPv6 addressing.

As a third objective, the network built within the Euro6IX project will be open to specific user gr

Work description:
The success of the Euro6IX project will be measured against the achievement level of:· Good management of project activities to meet the milestones according to agreed plans, on top of the rest of the activities (WP1).· Procurement of IXs according to defined specifications, deployment and provision of efficient interconnectivity for the IPv6 European level Internet (designed by WP2, and deployed by WP3).· Involvement of research entities and non-commercial trial users in order to use this network, advanced services and applications (developed by WP4).· Promotion of the IPv6 interests by ISPs and users through test and trials (WP5 and carried out by WP4).· Creation of awareness with Euro6IX activities at events of IST, IETF, fora, summits and national events with targeted participants (WP5).

Work Package 1 (WP1) addresses the project management defined in three activities:
· A1.1 Overall Project Management and Administrative Tasks: This activity will be headed by TID and will be responsible for an efficient project management to guarantee the agreed communication procedures and document distribution based on well defined templates, time and resource control against the deliverables, progress reporting to the commission and organizing plenary meetings. This activity will also be responsible for the consortium agreement among the project partners identifying the background and IPR issues with the project activities, including the network connectivity issues dealing with the carriers;
· A1.2 Assessment and Evaluation of Project Progress: The Scientific Coordinator (Consulintel) will act as the Technical Project Manager. He will be responsible for overall technical progress management in close collaboration with the work package leaders. The metering of the awareness and dissemination activities will also be monitored by this activity;
· A1.3 Project Reporting: The success of the project need to be reflected in adequate reporting for all the activities.

Work Package 2 is responsible for the network architecture, dimensioning, interconnection, service support and network related issues such as DNS, DHCP, and address allocation. This work package has defined 3 activities:
· A2.1 Design and evaluation of IPv6 IXs architecture: Develops the specifications for IX architecture to be procured or realized by the partners, supporting mandatory functions of IPv6 network services;
· A2.2 Design and evaluation of IPv6 backbone: This activity will be responsible to define the minimum and maximum functional level architecture of the backbone to be deployed as Euro6IX backbone network.· A2.3 Research on new technical and business concepts: This activity will follow up the activities 2.1 and 2.2 to define the new concepts both in technical and business perspective that have to be developed for early take-off of the IPv6 commercial deployment.Work Package 3 has defined the following main activities:· A3.1 IPv6 local site networks deployment: All the partners will deploy their local IPv6 networks to connect to the correspondent IPv6 IX. This activity includes also all systems relevant in partner's premises: routing protocols, label switching, QoS, security, addressing, DNS, mobility and web servers.· A3.2 IXs backbone network deployment: The initially planned IXs will be deployed and the international links will be established so that IXs will be able to exchange native IPv6 packets among them. This activity covers BGP4+ routing and redundancy protocols implementation for the backbone network and addressing plan application.· A3.3 Operation and management of IXs backbone and local site networks: Configuration, statistics and security management systems definition and deployment.

The different activities within WP4 are detailed as follows:
A4.1 Advanced network services design and evaluation: Groups all research and innovative tasks to be carried out around the deployed IPv6 network. Its basic goal is to

M1.1 Project "Kick Off" Meeting;
M1.2 Provision of project management handbook;
M1.3 End of Project;
M2.1 Specification of the overall network topology (IXs, backbone PoPs and links);
M2.2 Identification of the technology to be used to realize each backbone and access link;
M2.3 Design of the IPv6 addressing plan;
M2.4 Specification of the layer 2 infrastructure of each IX point;
M2.5 Design of the IPv6-capable DNS system;
M2.6 Specification of the higher level services to be provided by each IX point;
M2.7 Identification of the links towards other IPv6 networks & specs of related BGP4+ routing policies;
M2.8 Design of the management system;
M2.9 Rev. of network design to accommodate new requirements/constrains after implementation;
M3.1 Concrete definition of every partner's IPv6 network (access and/or ISPs test-beds);
M3.2 Concrete definition of the equipments and links to be used in all networks;
M3.3 Local site networks deployed, international infrastructure and connectivity establishment;
M3.4 Start using Statistics collection, management and security control systems;
M4.1 Initial specification of the network and application research activities;
M4.2 First year Internal Trial;
M4.3 First Public Trial;
M4.4 Second year Internal Trial;
M4.5 Second Public Trial ;
M4.6 Third year Internal Trial;
M4.7 Third Public Trial;
M5.1 Website: Project Website up and running;
M5.2 Joint workshop organized by Euro6IX and 6NET;
M5.3 Guidelines for IPv6 network deployment and operation.

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