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IPv6 quality of service measurement (6QM)

Project ID: IST-2001-37611
Funded under: FP5-IST


This document provides a brief update on the achievements of a project funded under the "Research Networking" theme of the FP5 Information Society Technologies (IST) programme. It describes the objectives, experimental work and results of the project.

This project is devoted to research and development of measurement technologies for Quality of Service in IPv6 networks. It will create a comprehensive system integrating the various required functions for QoS measurement, such as packet capturing, precise time-stamping, data collection, QoS metrics derivation (delay, loss, jitter etc.) and result presentation. In order to achieve this goal, requirements for QoS measurements in the future IPv6 networks are analyzed and a flexible architecture is proposed including local components for non-intrusive capturing of measurement data and server components collecting the relevant information for further processing. Interfaces and suitable protocols are identified. The project will align with existing standard approaches, and will propose extensions and input to standardization in problem areas, where enhancements are still required. The developed components will be integrated and locally tested. For gaining wider usage experiences and feedback, the 6QM project will set up cooperation with other IST projects working on IPv6 issues. In particular, there will be liaisons with the two pan-European native IPv6 networks (Euro6IX and 6NET). As part of the expected result from the 6QM project, a knowledge base and a set of guidelines will be created, which may be exploited by operators and ISPs to meet the client demand in IPv6 advanced services with guaranteed and differentiated QoS.

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