IPv6 Summit Reaches Pinnacle

This week the 2nd annual 2009 Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit was held in Denver Colorado. This event is put on by the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force and the University of Denver. The IPv6 Summit is a 2-day IPv6 educational event that is FREE to attend. While well over 400 people registered for the event, the event attracted 300 people over the two days.

The Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force is a regional sub-chapter of the North American IPv6 Task Force. These Task Forces are dedicated to the advancement and propagation of the Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6). The RMv6TF promotes IPv6 and works to educate the community on IPv6 and its benefits. The RMv6TF performs research and development and showcases IPv6 technology and services and shares this knowledge with the public. The RMv6TF works to put on local IPv6-focused events and further the use of IPv6 within the Rocky Mountain region. The RMv6TF is an organization that industry and government can look to for guidance on IPv6 transition information and advice about best practices and solutions involving IPv6. Our goals are to:

  • Provide education on IPv6 and its benefits
  • Promotion of IPv6 technology
  • Research and development and showcase IPv6 technology and services
  • Put on local IPv6-focused events
  • Work to further the use of IPv6 with a regional focus

To help us fulfill our mission we wanted to put on an event that would help educate the region’s IT organizations about IPv6. We wanted to share what we know about IPv6 in an effort to help you see the benefits using the IPv6 protocol may have for your organizations. The Rocky Mountain IPv6 Summit allows us to achieve many of these goals all at the same time.

ARIN, Juniper and Hurricane Electric were gold sponsors. Other sponsors included NTT America, Jeff Doyle and Associates, Global Technology Resources Inc. (GTRI), OPNET, Fluke Networks, Brocade, F5 and Level(3). These sponsors made it possible to have the event held without charging any of the attendees. The University of Denver provides us with a large auditorium so that we can host such a large event in comfort.

Based on the feedback from the audience at the IPv6 Summit the conference provided important background information on IPv6 and provided insight into the details of the IPv6 protocol. The first day of the conference was focused on tutorial information on IPv6 to help bring the audience up to speed on IPv6, the drivers and constraints for adoption, how it operates, transition mechanisms, IPv6 routing configuration, how to develop dual-protocol applications, and how to secure the deployment of IPv6.

Several presenters who were at the Google IPv6 Implementors Conference were also presenters at the IPv6 Summit. Cody Christman from NTT America gave a great talk about their IPv6 services, their experiences deploying IPv6 on their backbone and the Hikari TV system that NTT Playa has developed in Japan. Martin Levy from Hurricane Electric also shared their experiences with deploying IPv6 services for their customers and connecting to multiple other IPv6 peers and how deploying 6to4, and Teredo relays saves bandwidth. Stephan Lagerholm presented on the implications of using IPv6 on a LAN and also shared information about his IPv4 address depletion calculator site.

The keynote presenter Stephen Oronte gave a moving speech about the inevitability of IPv6. His presentation gave substantial business justification for this claim while providing a grounded and objective viewpoint on the slow IPv6 adoption rate. Jeff Doyle presented on all the issues one must be aware of when planning an IPv6 deployment. Ashish Zalani presented on how OPNET’s products can be used to perform an assessment of IPv6 capabilities. Stan Barber presented on how to implement IPv6 in a home network and the challenges encountered along the way. Yurie Rich presented on four examples of real-world deployments of IPv6 and how IPv6 uniquely makes these implementations possible. Ralph Wallace gave a talk on how to approach IPv6 transition planning in federal government organizations in a way to maximize results while avoiding detractors. Ray Plzak spoke on how ARIN is a key resource in IPv6 deployment and spoke about how easy it is to get IPv6 addresses and be involved in the ARIN community. The attendees really enjoyed the presentations and found that this information is invaluable to them as they plan their transitions to IPv6.

This year the event had both IPv4-only wireless access and IPv6-only wireless access available for attendees. The University of Denver provided the IPv4 wireless Internet access for guests. For the IPv6-only access the demonstration lab that was used in the tutorial sessions was connected over the University of Denver campus to a connection to the Front Range GigaPop (FRGP). At the FRGP there are many other connections to backbone networks and commodity Internet peers. For this event Internet2 address space was used and the attendees used IPv6-capable DNS resolvers. The only significant issue encountered that was similar to other organizations IPv6-only hour tests was that many clients only perform their DNS lookups using IPv4-only. Therefore, the demo network had to enable IPv4 and IPv6 on the local segment and a local caching dual-protocol DNS resolver was used to provide the clients with IPv6 resource records for access to the IPv6-only Internet access provided.

If you are curious you can view the presentations that were given at the IPv6 Summit on the RMv6TF dual protocol web site. http://www.rmv6tf.org/presentations2009.htm

There are also presentations posted from the inaugural IPv6 Summit in 2008. http://www.rmv6tf.org/presentations.htm

Scott

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