IPv6 Report

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This is a draft proposal to be presented to the School of Informatics regarding a more permanent IPv6 connection for the Tardis project.

--Dcoles 11:44, 15 November 2010 (GMT)

Introduction

The Tardis Project is a student run computing facility run at The University of Edinburgh. Since 1987, The Tardis Project has given students the opportunity to learn system administration and network management skills that would otherwise be hard to provide in a production computer facility. As such we always look to embrace new and upcoming technology to provide practical skills for those entering the industry.

IPv6 is the next generation networking standard intended to completely replace IPv4 for transport of packets across the Internet. It was designed to rectify several fundamental limitations of the existing standard, the most pertinent being that a 32-bit address space (4.3 billion addresses) is vastly inadequate when compared with a worldwide population of over 6.8 billion and the increasing number of personal computing devices connected to the Internet.

IPv6 is not a new standard either. It was developed over the early 1990s, culminating in an IETF Internet Standard in December 1998. All current generation Operating Systems have native support (since Windows XP SP1, Linux 2.6.12 and OSX 10.3). Despite this it has not seen widespread adoption. It is currently estimated that IANA pool will be exhausted mid-2011 with regional pools being exhausted by early 2012. For this reason The Tardis Project feels that now is an excellent time to pursue IPv6 connectivity.

  • Describe IPv6 test deployment and history on Tardis (since 2008)
  • Describe IPv6 services that have been running
  • Configuration issues (Firewall)
  • Proposals for future deployment