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UNH-IOL Releases Moonv6 Results

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DURHAM, N.H. -- The "Moonv6" network stretching from Durham to California has demonstrated the ability of the next version of the Internet to work with high-speed links, firewalls, routing, common applications and quality of service (QoS) for real-time business applications such as multimedia, the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has announced.

The second phase of Moonv6, a collaboration between industry leaders, the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF), the UNH-IOL, Internet2 and the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), ran March 7-19. It involved multiple service providers and networking companies in a two-week long series of tests covering network routing, security, applications and transition mechanisms. This phase of Moonv6 formally launches the network as a native IPv6 backbone available for network peering worldwide.

"The success rates we've seen here argue that IPv6 is clearing the hurdles to inevitable adoption. We plan to continue industry-wide multi-vendor testing on a rolling basis," said Ben Schultz, the UNH-IOL managing engineer who organized the testing. "The core network will remain up and running to peer with Internet2, and dedicated links from service providers such as AT&T will be used to deploy applications and services on native IPv6. Over time, Moonv6 will invite additional service providers, nodes and peered networks to come online as it takes the next logical step and becomes a distributed native IPv6 Internet backbone."

The following organizations participated in Moonv6, phase II: AT&T, Chunghwa Telecom, France Telecom, Internet2, KDDI Labs USA, Native6, NTT R&D, Root Server Test Bed, U.S. Dept. of Defense, UNH-IOL, Agilent, Ixia, Spirent Communications, 6Wind, Check Point, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, Foundry Networks, Fujitsu, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, Hexago, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, NEC, Netscreen Technologies, Nokia, Panasonic, Procket Networks, SUN Microsystems and Symantec.

Phase II successfully tested the following: QoS, Firewalls, Mobile IPv6, Domain Name System (DNS) and routing and border protocols Open Shortest Path First OSPF, Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) and Intermediate System-Intermediate System (IS-IS).

The U.S. Defense Department has stated it is interested in IPv6 because the current Internet protocol, IPv4, has been in use for almost 30 years and cannot support emerging requirements for address space, mobility and security in peer-to-peer networking. IPv6 is an improved version of the Internet protocol that will coexist with IPv4 and eventually provide better internetworking capabilities than those currently available with IPv4.

University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (IOL)

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