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Large-scale International Ipv6 Testbed

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.

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CISCO SYSTEMS INTERNATIONAL B. V.

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Administrative Contact

Graca CARVALHO

Participants (40)

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CESNET, ZAJMOVE SDRUZENI PRAVNICKYCH OSOB

Czechia

CISCO SYSTEMS (ITALY) S.R.L.

Italy

CISCO SYSTEMS BELGIUM

Belgium

CISCO SYSTEMS FRANCE

France

CISCO SYSTEMS GMBH

Germany

CISCO SYSTEMS LIMITED

United Kingdom

CISCO SYSTEMS PORTUGAL - SISTEMAS INFORMATICOS, SOCIEDADE UNIPESSOAL LIMITADA

Portugal

COMPAGNIE IBM FRANCE

France

CONSORTIUM GARR (GESTIONE AMPLIAMENTO RETE RICERCA)

Italy

CSC-TIETEELLINEN LASKENTA OY

Finland

DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET

Denmark

DELIVERY OF ADVANCED NETWORK TECHNOLOGY TO EUROPE LIMITED

United Kingdom

ELECTRONICS AND TELECOMMUNICATIONS RESEARCH INSTITUTE

South Korea

FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.

Germany

FUNDACAO PARA A COMPUTACAO CIENTIFICA NACIONAL - FCCN

Portugal

GREEK RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY NETWORK S.A.

Greece

GROUPEMENT D'INTERET PUBLIC RESEAU NATIONAL DE TELECOMMUNICATIONS POUR LA TECHNOLOGIE, L'ENSEIGNEMENT ET LA RECHERCHE

France

HUNGARIAN ACADEMIC AND RESEARCH NETWORK ASSOCIATION

Hungary

INSTITUT NATIONAL DE RECHERCHE EN INFORMATIQUE ET EN AUTOMATIQUE

France

INSTYTUT CHEMII BIOORGANICZNEJ PAN W POZNANIU

Poland

INVENIA INNOVATION AS

Norway

NORDUNET A/S

Denmark

NTT COMMUNICATIONS CORPORATION

Japan

OULUN SEUDUN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU

Finland

OULUN YLIOPISTO

Finland

RESEARCH ACADEMIC COMPUTER TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE

Greece

STICHTING TELEMATICA INSTITUUT

Netherlands

SURFNET B.V.

Netherlands

SWITCH-TELEINFORMATIKDIENSTE FUER LEHRE UND FORSCHUNG

Switzerland

THE JNT ASSOCIATION

United Kingdom

THE UNIVERSITY OF LANCASTER

United Kingdom

TRANS-EUROPEAN RESEARCH AND EDUCATION NETWORKING ASSOCIATION

Netherlands

UNINETT AS

Norway

UNIVERSITAET WIEN

Austria

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES

Belgium

UNIVERSITE LOUIS PASTEUR STRASBOURG I

France

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON

United Kingdom

UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

United Kingdom

VEREIN ZUR FOERDERUNG EINES DEUTSCHEN FORSCHUNGSNETZES DFN VEREIN E.V.

Germany

WESTFAELISCHE WILHELMS-UNIVERSITAET MUENSTER

Germany