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IPv6 Summit

April 28th, 2010

Just a short post to highlight the upcoming Irish IPv6 Summit (May 19th 2010) in Dublin Castle.
Irish IPv6 Summit
There have been some interesting happenings in the IPv6 world recently. Like this article on “IPv4’s Last Day: What Will Happen When There Is Only IPv6?” and for a followup the SlashDot crew give you the full spectrum of thoughts in the tech world in relation to the depletion of IPv4 addresses.
Over at the ITU-T there’s a new IPv6 Group, and from its most recent meeting in March two “correspondence groups” were created to continue the discussion before its next meeting, beginning September 1, 2010.
The first correspondence group is to start developing an ITU Development Sector project to do capacity building to help developing countries to implement IPv6 deployment. The second correspondence group is assigned to identify specific cases where member states have identified a problem obtaining IPv6 addresses, and to study ways of dealing with those problems.
Of course there are those that point out the very slow transition towards IPV6 from IPv4 is a market success, and IPv6’s failure also it may appear that IPv6 has been “Lost” for a decade.
The purpose of this Irish IPv6 summit is to address all these topics and to help organisations understand this up and coming minefield.

Irish IPv6 Summit Jan 28th 2009 (Dublin Castle)

January 21st, 2009

Its coming into the final week of preparation for the Irish IPv6 Summit, and there have been a ton of registration in the past week so don’t miss out [1]!
With the purpose of the event to raise awareness of the need for immediate IPv6 deployment, and the issues around such a deployment a well thought out programme is being presented in Dublin Castle. The summit includes a number of experienced panel speakers including Fred Baker (Cisco Fellow and Chair of the IETF Operations Group) and Detlef Eckert [pdf] (Advisor to DG-INFSO, EU Commission).
[1] For more information and registration details of the event, please visit

IPv6 being pushed into the limelight

June 5th, 2008

I know I’ve mentioned this maybe one too many times … but it now appears that the only sustainable solution to deliver expected economic and social opportunities for the future of the Internet economy is the deployment of IPv6.
So says an OECD Report on the Economic considerations in the Management of IPv4 and in the Deployment of IPv6 [pdf].
Pigeon Point Lighthouse on Flickr by MumbleyJoe [1]
I wonder will this report on IPv6 and the recent EC supported EUROPEAN IPv6 DAY – 30 May 2008 see IPv6 safely come home to port, or may leave it still be left out to sea in the ocean of undeployment?
It looks like Europe has an Action Plan …. do you?
Launch IPv6 video [wmv] in external Media Player [2]
And in the US Google plan ….

[1] CreativeCommons MumbleyJoe
[2] Copyright of European Commission 2008


March 6th, 2008

I was in Turin last week attending the final review of IST ENABLE..
The purpose of the project was to enable deployment of efficient and operational mobility as a service in large scale IPv6 network environments, taking into account also the transition from IPv4. The main areas of research included the enhancement of Mobile IPv6 to enable transparent mobility in large operational networks with multiple administrative domains, heterogeneous accesses and a rapidly growing number of users, enrichment of the basic mobility service provided by Mobile IPv6 with a set of “premium” features (fast handover, QoS, etc.)
and analysis of goals and design principles for the evolution beyond Mobile IPv6 in the long term.
Along with this research ENABLE has over 30 papers submitted and accepted at various conferences/journals, had strong contributions to IETF (RFCs and I-Ds) and produced a project booklet on these activities, which can be downloaded from the link on ENABLE Booklet.
We here at the TSSG carried out significant investigations on longer-term mobility approaches, such as the integration of SHIM6 with MIPv6 (M-SHIM6), which will be the basis our contributions to the IETF MEXT working group, and had a part to play in the assessment of solution alternatives for IPv4 interworking with MIPv6 and extension of Dual-Stack MIPv6 and in the investigation / design of a HA reliability solution.
At the end of the day, th project was very well recieved by the project reviewers and the EC, and in some ways it is sad to have such a project end …… officially ……. of course unofficially we will continue these activities for the foreseeable future.
ENABLE Review Team
In the attached picture, these are the project partner attendees at the successful review, however without John R., Niall C., Eamonn, Leigh, Niall D. and a number of others from the TSSG that touched the project … then it would never have been the success that it ended up to be.

IPv6 will be deployed…soon, I know because I saw it on YouTube

October 29th, 2007

Who needs the IETF and RFC process when you’ve got YouTube?

IPv6 Alloactions to Enterprises in Europe – not a problem!

July 17th, 2007

As an update to this item on Mícheál Ó Foghlú’s Weblog: IPv6 Alloactions to Enterprises in Europe – a problem? it looks like this will no longer be a problem!
RIPE have a policy proposal in place since May 2007 called Provider Independent (PI) IPv6 Assignments for End User Organisations (Policy Proposal 2006-01) and as of July 12th AfriNIC has announced that they have implemented the IPv6 PI policy.
This should see the start of the other four regional Internet registries implementing the policy also.
Links include

IPv6 a fading away chicken and egg which has the experts scrambling for a Bake-off

June 7th, 2007

IPv6 is quietly fading away as a topic according to the IETF. Wait, wait please read on, the article expresses “this is a good sign for IPv6, and it shows that the closing of the IPv6 working group was a sensible move and that IPv6 is becoming mature” …. “becoming an integrated part of all of the work within the IETF” … “The fact that the focus for IPv6 is on operational issues and integrated IPv4 and IPv6 issues shows that IPv6 has moved into a new phase and is now starting to become a natural part of the daily life of the IETF and the network community as a whole”.
IPv6 For the Rest of Us, does show a slightly different view point highlighting that “there is no demand” for IPv6 right now … but with the advisory issued by ARIN to alert the internet community of “that migration to IPv6 is necessary for any applications that require ongoing availability from ARIN” this demand may change!
And not all is rosie with IPv6, as reported on a number of tech news sites, the elimination of the RH0 header problem which exposes a potential security flaw in IPv6 was front in centre recently.
The initiating presentation on the topic [PDF] is quite interesting.
In more controlled testing there was a recent DHCPv6 Bake Off (March 2007) which appears to have gone very well. As is the purpose of these things a number of issues were identified, with a key question of “What should happen when a client requests a particular address and the server does not agree to the request?” sounding like another big DoS problem, as articluated by John R.

Are IP Addresses interesting?

May 26th, 2007

In IPv4 land the answer is ….No …..
It should uniquely identify my host on a network.
But my IPv4 address location is not unique! I’m some highly anonymous proxy.
Then there must be something interesting if a series of mathematical, coincidental, pattern finding, psychometric and just plain silly tests are run on it.
Well okay there’s something hapening here …
IP Spotting Score
Well as you can see my score was “20” on such a test and of the 292195 IP’s spotted so far, this was ranked: 47726.
Your IP address as a bitmapTry it yourself
But what happens with my IPv6 Address? Nothing on the IP Address Locator & IP spotting sites I’m afraid. But with such tools coverted to IPv6 what would we learn then?

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