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Education and raising awareness of IPv6

The DFN-Verein has followed the IETF IPng development actively since the beginning of the 90s and ran several generations of IPv6 projects to enhance theoretical and operational knowledge and raise the awareness in the research and educational environment in Germany. The current project is called JOIN, and is operated by the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität (WWU) in Münster. WWU is also a partner in 6NET. While IPv6 address registration is done by DFN, the operation of a dedicated infrastructure (6WiN) is currently provided by JOIN.6WiN is connected natively to the 6NET infrastructure and tunnelled to GÉANTv6.JOIN is the main actor at the DFN operational meeting "Betriebstagung" that twice a year gives IPv6 information and presentations to the DFN users. The web pages are well known in Germany as a rich source of knowledge and contact point for IPv6 interested universities and institutes. About 30 institutions are already connected to the 6WiN. DFN is migrating the network G-WiN to a dual-stack network, making the dedicated 6WiN obsolete. The 6NET experience, especially WP2, WP3 and WP6 results and deliverables, are very important for DFN as a source of practical and theoretical background to achieve a dual stack solution. DFN is a member and one of the founders of the IPv6 Forum and of the German IPv6 Task Force. These and other relationships, conferences and regular published journals (DFN- Mitteilungen) are used as a forum to promote IPv6. In the 6NET project DFN has, additionally to WWU, another German partner: the Fraunhofer Institute (FhG) Fokus. This organisation is mainly working in WP4 and WP5. The special set-up in Berlin allows a native IPv6 access to 6WiN/6NET infrastructure enabling FhG-Fokus to have very good conditions for IPv6 QoS research and for other experiments. FhG-Fokus is contributing to MIPv6, AAA and SIPv6, in close co-operation with the DFN-Verein. There are also commercial ISPs in Germany with IPv6 offerings. DFN is peering with the majority of them at different exchange points, mostly at the DE-CIXv6. However the IPv6 services to DFN users are still experimental.

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