Monday, December 5, 2005

UNH-IOL Tests Security, Mobility and VoIP on IPv6 Testbed

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), joined by 10 companies and a branch of the U.S. military, has successfully demonstrated mobility, security and international voice calls over IPv6 in tests conducted on the Moonv6 network, the world's largest multi-vendor IPv6 network.


The testing began Oct. 28 and concluded Dec. 2. While past Moonv6 events have focused mainly on testing core IPv6 network functions, this event demonstrated advances in the access layer, focusing mainly on DHCP and mobility as well as some security and voice services.


UNH-IOL engineers employed realistic traffic streams, passing mixed VoIP and data traffic over the IPv6 network and successfully demonstrating basic application layer functionality and IPv4 equivalency in areas such as addressing.


UNH-IOL engineers successfully completed VoIP-over-IPv6 calls between New Hampshire and Korea using commercial software provided by business technology company Mercury Corporation. The calls were routed from the Moonv6 network in New Hampshire to Seoul using an IPv4/IPv6 tunnel. The Moonv6 test bed includes approximately 80 servers, switches and routers in a network that stretches from New Hampshire to California.


UNH-IOL said the tests successfully demonstrated basic mobility for VoIP-over-IPv6 for at least one implementation. They also demonstrated that DHCPv6 and DHCPv6-prefix-delegation are working and that router implementations are now implementing IPsec and DNS/DHCP resolution. The test comprised seven IPv6 implementations of DHCP, the largest number yet gathered in one location.


Participants in the latest Moonv6 test were: Agilent, Checkpoint, Hewlett-Packard, Alaxala Networks-HITACHI, Ixia, Juniper, Lucent, Nortel, Panasonic, Spirent, Symantec and the U.S. Defense Information Systems Agency's Joint Interoperability Testing Command (DISA JITC).


DISA performed IPv6 testing from the army's Fort Huachuca, Arizona JITC base. A North American IPv6 Task Force project, Moonv6 has harnessed engineering and technology resources from the UNH-IOL, Internet2, various U.S. government agencies, technology organizations, networking equipment companies and both Asian and North American service providers.


In addition to VoIPv6, the test included additional mobility demonstrations, DHCP, network management and interoperability testing between firewalls, hosts and routers using the IPsec security protocol. A summary of the results from the testing will be available on the UNH-IOL Web site in approximately six weeks. http://www.iol.unh.edu/consortiums/ipv6/

  • In June 2005, MCI, France Telecom Research and Development, the University of New Hampshire-InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) and Lucent Technologies completed a series of distance-learning video tests over IPv6. The tests linked the North American IPv6 Task Force's Moonv6 network to MCI's global IP backbone via MCI's MAE Extended Services infrastructure, from San Jose, Calif. to Durham, NH. The MCI backbone provided the essential transport and its MAE West facility hosted the IPv6 application servers from France Telecom R&D, Lucent Technologies and Panasonic.

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