Sunday, July 26, 2009

UNH-IOL Builds IPv6 Test for U.S. Government Compliance

The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL), in collaboration with the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), has just completed a test review event confirming the first test specifications for the US Government IPv6 (USGv6) Test Program. The new specifications resulting from the test review event will be used to test products for USGv6 compliance.

As of July 2010, U.S. Government agencies will require IPv6 compliant products in IT acquisitions. In light of this, the USGv6 Test Program, utilizing the NIST USGv6 profile, will provide government buyers and agencies guidance on the status of IPv6 in equipment they are purchasing.

The USGv6 Test Program calls for IPv6 vendors to arrange for both conformance and interoperability product testing in order to comply with the profile. The USGv6 Test Event, held at the UNH-IOL, focused on interoperability product testing. It allowed vendors to pre-test USGv6 interoperability test specifications, lend technical expertise to interoperability test specification development, and gain a higher level of confidence of compliance before mandates. The USGv6 Test Event provided both the participants and test labs the opportunity to preview the interoperability portion of the USGv6 Test Program in a live test.