U.S. loses IPv6 leader

North American IPv6 Task Force chair Jim Bound passes away

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death of Jim Bound earlier this week

The United States has lost one of its most ardent proponents of IPv6, the next generation Internet protocol, with the

Bound was a Senior Fellow with HP, Chair of the North American IPv6 Task Force and CTO of the IPv6 Forum

Quoted many times by Network World, Bound predicted that U.S. carriers and corporations would wait until depletion of IPv4 addresses was imminent before making the switch to IPv6

In a 2007 interview, Bound joked that IPv6 would likely not get deployed in his lifetime.That prediction turned out to be true with Bound’s death on March 2 at age 58.

``Jim’s passing is a very sad loss for the Internet community,’’ said Internet Society CEO and President Lynn St. Amour in a statement. ``Over a long period, Jim showed his commitment to the Internet Society’s mission with many valuable contributions, and we are deeply grateful for his support.’’ 

“Jim has demonstrated as CTO of the IPv6 Forum not only his technical leadership, said Latif Ladid, president of the IPv6 Forum, in a statement, "but his genuine passion and natural devotion to contribute to the global good.... Jim was respected for his deep knowledge and feared for his integrity of character. This planet has lost a great man in its fullest sense.”

Bound was an active participant on in the Internet Engineering Task Force, and his work on IPv6 dates back more than 15 years. Bound was a member of the IETF’s Internet Protocol Next Generation (IPng) Directorate, which selected IPv6 as its next-generation protocol in 1994.

In a posting to the IETF’s IPv6 community, HP colleague and IPv6 Forum Fellow Yannick Pouffary said Bound ``was a symbol of integrity and professionalism. He made a profound impact on our industry, and everyone who worked with him.’’

IPv6 is the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet’s main protocol, known as IPv4. 

IPv4 uses 32-bit addresses and can support 4.3 billion individually addressed devices on the Internet. Most IPv4 addresses have been delegated to carriers, enterprises and government agencies. According to the latest industry estimates, the supply of new IPv4 addresses available from the regional Internet registries will run out in 2012. 

IPv6 fixes this problem by creating a huge pool of new IP addresses. Because it uses 128-bit addresses, IPv6 can support a virtually limitless number – 2 to the 128th power – of IP addresses. IPv6 also provides built-in security as well as network management and mobility enhancements.

The U.S. federal government successfully deployed IPv6 capability on all of its backbone networks in June 2008.  However, federal agencies are not yet using IPv6 in production mode.

Only a handful of U.S. corporations including Bechtel are implementing IPv6

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