29 August 2007

IPv6 SHIM6 Interoperability Testing with Moonv6 in University of New Hampshire

Over the summer Irish National IPv6 Centre have conducted interoperability tests with Moonv6 in the InterOperabilty Lab (IOL) in the University of New Hampshire: UNH-IOL Tests IPv6 for the Enterprise.

The university lab partnered with the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland to extend the testing into less familiar territory. This portion of the testing focused on an innovation not possible with today’s Internet called Site Multihoming by IPv6 Intermediation, or SHIM6 for short. Of special interest in financial transactions, SHIM6 is an IPv6-only failover function that kicks in if one side of a link goes down, automatically rerouting the connection without affecting the download in progress.

IPv6 is the successor to the current IP infrastructure that underlies data in today’s Internet and enterprise networks. The new protocol greatly enlarges the pool of IP addresses needed to network new servers, laptops, phones, printers, etc. While some geographies have already run out of IP addresses, it has been predicted that North America will face IPv4 address space exhaustion between the years 2010-2012. IPv6’s increased address space is expected to make better use of emerging technology areas like VoIP, video and various interactive multimedia applications as well.

Other benefits touted for IPv6 include simplified network architecture, an increase in new services, and increased number of network nodes, built-in security, and the ability to "plug and play" devices that are IPv6 enabled. After first getting involved with the protocol in the late 1990s, the UNH-IOL has been actively testing and debugging IPv6 devices on the Moonv6 network since 2003.

This work is related to the EU FP6 IST project ENABLE that looks at many aspects of IPv6 mobility, and promotes suitable changes to the IETF standards.

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