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Laboratories over Next Generation Networks

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-1999-20393

  • Start date

    1 December 2000

  • End date

    31 January 2003

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 082 928

  • EU contribution

    € 1 073 085

Coordinated by:

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain

Objective


The main focus of the LONG project has been the production of guidelines for the design, configuration and deployment of Next Generation Networks, so that standard network services and applications can be supported across them. LONG has addressed the design and deployment of IPv4/IPv6 transition scenarios and has validated the integration of IPv6 with advanced services such as QoS techniques, mobility mechanisms and multicast support. As one of the main aims of LONG, transition to IPv6 has been thoroughly studied.

There are three points that summarize the impressions about transition to IPv6 in the LONG project: There are many transition mechanisms which can be used in many different scenarios of use. Most of them have been tested within the project, so there is enough information to help in the definition of each transition scenario. Transition to IPv6 is not only a network issue, but also an application problem. Transition to IPv6 requires the analysis of end-to-end solutions. For instance, applications which manage network addresses demand depth revision and extended code rewritten. LONG has provided general guidelines to help transition of standard and not standard applications. LONG has demonstrated that it is possible to start current network transition to IPv6. All the partners of the LONG project have deployed an IPv6 test network, which in most cases extends to outside their premises. This testbed has enabled the acquisition of operational experience for the configuration of IPv6 equipment from different manufactures and will continue to be used as a platform for applications and services testing and demonstration, being continuously updated. As part of the work deployed, different applications, like multicast, QoS, muti-homing and mobility, were tested in order to analyse the functionalities as well as its reliability.

Some of them (for instance QoS and multicast), present a framework very similar to the IPv4 case. For other services, such as muti-homing or anycast, brand new mechanisms and policies are required. Also, the functional aspects of applications and network services using transition mechanisms were studied and documented. The complexity of trying to provide advanced network services (such as QoS, multicast, etc.) while the transition is taking part is very high, and new solutions are required for this. Besides all the documentation available for deploying IPv4 and IPv6 networks, applications and services through all the project deliverables, LONG has also developed some software. Applications entirely developed in IPv6 by LONG are: NetMeter, LONG IPv6 Web Tools (IPv6 tools such as ping, Mtr, Traceroute, NSLookUp, mail, LDAP and statistics available at the IPv4 or IPv6 LONG web page) and LONG Network Statistics Generation Scripts (that generate statistics about the stability of the LONG Network). Applications ported to IPv6 within the LONG project are: ISABEL (CSCW application), Mgen6 (measurement tool), Ping6 (towards 6to4 addresses), Netperf (measurement tool) and some games (Chess, Mangband and Tetris).

Coordinator

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Address

Calle Emilio Vargas 6
28043 Madrid

Spain

Participants (6)

NORTEL NETWORKS HISPANIA, S.A.

Spain

PORTUGAL TELECOM INOVACAO, S.A.

Portugal

UNIVERSIDAD CARLOS III DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID

Spain

UNIVERSIDADE DE EVORA

Portugal

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

Project information

Grant agreement ID: IST-1999-20393

  • Start date

    1 December 2000

  • End date

    31 January 2003

Funded under:

FP5-IST

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 082 928

  • EU contribution

    € 1 073 085

Coordinated by:

TELEFONICA INVESTIGACION Y DESARROLLO SA

Spain