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Large-scale International Ipv6 Testbed

Objective

6NET is Europe's largest IPv6 related Internet research project, and aims to deploy and test IPv6 under realistic conditions. The 31 project partners represent a rich combination of research and industrial organizations. The consortium will provide a native IPv6 network on an international scale, throughout Europe, and to North America and the Asia-Pacific region, for test and demonstration purposes.
The 6NET infrastructure will connect more countries at a higher capacity than any other native IPv6 network deployed to date; initially spanning nine European countries, with links of up to 2.5Gbit/s.

Objectives:
The main goals of the project are to:
- build and operate a dedicated international IPv6 network, and use this network to validate that the demands for the continuous growth of the global Internet can be met with the new IPv6 technology.
- help European research and industry to play a leading role in defining the next generation of networking and application technologies that go beyond the current state of the art.

Sub-objectives are to:
- provide and operate a combined fixed/mobile IPv6 pilot network, in order to gain a better understanding of IPv6 deployment issues, including physical infrastructure, address allocation, registries, routing and DNS operation.
- operate an international pilot service such that geographically dispersed groups can interwork using native IPv6 facilities.
- study, implement and validate IPv6/v4 coexistence, migration techniques and transition tools.
- test state of the art IPv6 applications and access to legacy IPv4 applications and content.
- exploit the synergy between work being performed on IPv6 by manufacturers such as Cisco, IBM and Sony, DANTE, European NRENs and Universities.

Work description:
First a stable European infrastructure will rapidly be put in place, and supporting network features will be developed in order that sophisticated applications - that take advantage of IPv6 capabilities - can be validated and demonstrated. Once the pan-European network is operational, the 6NET pilot network will be extended to link also North America and the Asia-Pacific region. In parallel with all these activities, management tools will be selected/developed in the project and integrated into the network operation procedures.
The work therefore follows an approach that allows for the incremental integration of new connectivity, network services, applications and management tools into the testbed.
The main items of technical work are focused in these 3 broad areas: infrastructure, network services, and application trials.
The IPv6 infrastructure will initially be based on a central core of European cities and be gradually extended within Europe and to North America and the Asia Pacific region. The extension within Europe entails not only the linking of new core locations, but also the pervasion of IPv6 within the NREN networks, and into many University campus environments. Each phase of this growth will be associated with new network operation and management features, and tests of interoperability.
Similarly, new network services (e.g. IPv6 DNS tree, IPv6 multicast, IPv6 mobility, IPv6-only wireless LAN access, VPN) and transition strategies/tools will be integrated and tested as they are developed. In parallel with all these activities, management tools will be selected/developed in the project and integrated into the network operation procedures.
Finally, the experimentation with applications will begin with IPv6 applications in common use (e.g. mail, web, vic, vat) and lead up to advanced experiments with state of the art IPv6 applications.

Milestones:
Key milestones are the successful completion of the 4 phases, that is the establishment of the IPv6 network (and its later extensions to the USA and Japan), the network service enhancements, specific for IPv6, and the corresponding application trials (this will be a cyclic process), and the validation of our IPv4-IP6 transition scenario. The overall result will be an operational and manageable broadband, large-scale IPv6 pilot network that will have been stress-tested with the latest applications.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

CISCO SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B. V.
Address
Haarlerbergweg 13 -19
1101CH Amsterdam Zuidoost
Netherlands

Participants (40)

CESNET, ZAJMOVE SDRUZENI PRAVNICKYCH OSOB
Czechia
Address
Zikova 4
160 00 Praha 6
CISCO SYSTEMS (ITALY) S.R.L.
Italy
Address
Via Manzoni 31
20121 Milano
CISCO SYSTEMS BELGIUM
Belgium
Address
Regentlaan. 43-44
1000 Brussel
CISCO SYSTEMS FRANCE
France
Address
11 Rue Camille Desmoulins
92130 Issy Les Moulineaux
CISCO SYSTEMS GMBH
Germany
Address
Lilienthalstrasse 9
85399 Hallbergmoos
CISCO SYSTEMS LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
100 New Bridge Street
EC4V 6J London
CISCO SYSTEMS PORTUGAL - SISTEMAS INFORMATICOS, SOCIEDADE UNIPESSOAL LIMITADA
Portugal
Address
Quinta Da Fonte - Edificio Q45 Gil Eanes, Piso 1A
2770-192 Paco De Arcos (Oeiras)
COMPAGNIE IBM FRANCE
France
Address
2, Avenue Gambetta - Tour Descartes - La Defense 5
92400 Courbevoie
CONSORTIUM GARR (GESTIONE AMPLIAMENTO RETE RICERCA)
Italy
Address
Viale Palmiro Togliatti 1625
00155 Roma
CSC-TIETEELLINEN LASKENTA OY
Finland
Address
Tekniikantie 15 A D
02101 Espoo
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark
Address
Anker Engelundsvej 1, Bygning 101A
2800 Kgs. Lyngby
DELIVERY OF ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGY TO EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom
Address
3 Worcester Street
OX1 2PZ Oxford, Oxfordshire
ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE
South Korea
Address
161 Kajong-dong, Yusong-gu
305-350 Taejon
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
FUNDACAO PARA A COMPUTACAO CIENTIFICA NACIONAL - FCCN
Portugal
Address
Avenida Do Brasil 101
1700 066 Lisboa
GREEK RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NETWORK S.A.
Greece
Address
Mesogeion Av. 56
11527 Athens
GROUPEMENT D'INTERET PUBLIC RESEAU NATIONAL DE TELECOMMUNICATIONS POUR LA TECHNOLOGIE, L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET LA RECHERCHE
France
Address
151 Boulevard De L'hopital
75013 Paris
HUNGARIAN ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH NETWORK ASSOCIATION
Hungary
Address
Victor Hugo U. 18-22
1132 Budapest
INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE
France
Address
Domaine De Voluceau
78153 Le Chesnay
INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU
Poland
Address
Noskowskiego 12/14
61-704 Poznan
INVENIA INNOVATION AS
Norway
Address
Forskningsparken
9291 Tromsoe
NORDUNET A/S
Denmark
Address
Boegealle 5
2970 Hoersholm
NTT COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION
Japan
Address
1-1-6 Uchisaiwai-cho, Chiyoda-ku
100-8019 Tokyo
OULUN SEUDUN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU
Finland
Address
Albertinkuja 20
90100 Oulu
OULUN YLIOPISTO
Finland
Address
Pentti Kaiteran Katu 1
90014 Oulu
RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Greece
Address
61, Riga Feraiou Street
26221 Patras
STICHTING TELEMATICA INSTITUUT
Netherlands
Address
Brouwerijstraat 1
7523XC Enschede
SURFNET B.V.
Netherlands
Address
Radboudkwartier 273
3511 CK Utrecht
SWITCH-TELEINFORMATIKDIENSTE FUER LEHRE UND FORSCHUNG
Switzerland
Address
Limmatquai 138
8001 Zuerich
THE JNT ASSOCIATION
United Kingdom
Address
Atlas Centre, Chilton, Didcot
OX11 0QS Oxford
THE UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER
United Kingdom
Address
Bailrigg
LA1 4YR Lancaster
TRANS-EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING ASSOCIATION
Netherlands
Address
Singel 468 D
Amsterdam
UNINETT AS
Norway
Address
Abelsgate 5
7030 Trondheim
UNIVERSITAET WIEN
Austria
Address
Dr. Karl Lueger-ring 1
1010 Wien
UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Belgium
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR STRASBOURG I
France
Address
4, Rue Blaise Pascal
67070 Strasbourg
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom
Address
Gower Street
London
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Address
Highfield
SO17 1BJ Southampton
VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG EINES DEUTSCHEN FORSCHUNGSNETZES DFN VEREIN E.V.
Germany
Address
Anhalterstrasse 1
10963 Berlin
WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER
Germany
Address
Schlossplatz 2
48149 Muenster