Monday, July 31, 2006

UNH-IOL Advances IPv6 Application Testing with Moonv6

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) has completed a weeklong round of testing on the "Moonv6" network, the world's largest multi-vendor IPv6 network. The event included a public demonstration of the Network Time Protocol (NTP) running on a native IPv6-only connection.

The UNH-IOL test ran mixed applications traffic (voice, video and data) between its network testing lab in Durham, New Hampshire and the U.S. Army's data-communications interlope testing facility, the Joint Interoperability Test Command, in Fort Huachuca, Arizona. Engineers at both locations passed data back and forth across firewalls systems via native IPv6 links as well as mixed v4 and v6 links using transition mechanisms such as domain name systems (DNS) mapping. DNS is key in dual-stack migration for knitting IPv4 and v6 networks together during the transition.

Participating vendors included: Agilent, Check Point Software Technologies, Extreme Networks, Fortinet Inc., IBM, Lucent, Nominum, QLogic and Spectracom Corp.


  • The Moonv6 project is a global effort led by the North American IPv6 Task Force (NAv6TF) involving the University of New Hampshire - InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), Internet2, vendors, service providers and regional IPv6 Forum Task Force network pilots worldwide. Taking place across the U.S. at multiple locations, the Moonv6 project is the largest permanently deployed multi-vendor IPv6 network in the world. The U.S. Government's Department of Defense Joint Interoperability Testing Command (JITC) and other government agencies, the Defense Research & Engineering Network (DREN) and the High Performance Computing Modernization Program (HPCMP) also play significant roles in the Moonv6 demonstrations ensuring DoD interoperability and migration objectives are identified and demonstrated.

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