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On June 8, NASA joins organizations from across the globe to test out the next generation of the Internet, called Internet Protocol version six or IPv6. As more devices and people come online, the older Internet Protocol version four (IPv4) addresses — those sets of numbers that uniquely identify every device on the Internet — are rapidly running out, making a new series of addresses and protocols necessary. That’s where IPv6 comes in since it uses longer strings of numbers and letters to create new addresses.

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Upgrading to IPv6 means we can have far more addresses for the continued growth of the Internet. Nearly 20 years ago, a similar upgrade happened to the telephone system in North America when ten-digit dialing became the norm, which greatly expanded the availability of telephone numbers. This Internet upgrade also presents challenges as entire networks from industry, government and universities must be overhauled to simultaneously support both IPv4 and IPv6 — hence the need for a test day.

Other organizations such as Google, Facebook and Yahoo will be among those participating in World IPv6 Day on June 8 for a 24-hour ‘test flight’ of the new IPv6 running from midnight UTC to midnight UTC a day later. The organizations participating in World IPv6 Day hope that the test will provide the motivation for Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and other Web companies to prepare their services for IPv6 and to ensure a successful transition as the old IPv4 addresses run out.

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During World IPv6 Day, the following NASA websites will be reachable via IPv6 for 24 hours:

Successful World IPv6 Day Demonstrates Global Readiness for IPv6

Top websites serving billions of users demonstrate progress towards largest transition in Internet’s history

Top websites and Internet service providers around the world, including Facebook, Google, Yahoo, Akamai, and Limelight Networks, joined together with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6. By providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event helped demonstrate that major websites around the world are well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled Internet, enabling its continued exponential growth.

 

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During World IPv6 Day organized by the Internet Society, nearly 400 participating organizations enabled IPv6 on their main services for 24 hours on 8 June. With IPv4 addresses running out this year, the industry must act quickly to accelerate full IPv6 adoption or risk increased costs and limited functionality online for Internet users everywhere. World IPv6 Day participants came together to help motivate organizations across the industry–Internet service providers, hardware manufacturers, operating system vendors and other web companies–to prepare their services for the transition.

A key goal of World IPv6 Day was to expose potential issues with real-world IPv6 use under controlled conditions. Given the diversity of technology that powers the Internet, the global nature of the trial was crucial to identify unforeseen problems. The vast majority of users were able to access services as usual, but in rare cases, users experienced impaired access to participating websites during the trial.

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On 8 June, 2011, top websites and Internet service providers around the world, including GoogleFacebookYahoo!Akamai and Limelight Networks joined together with more than 1000 other participating websites in World IPv6 Day for a successful global-scale trial of the new Internet Protocol, IPv6. By providing a coordinated 24-hour “test flight”, the event helped demonstrate that major websites around the world are well-positioned for the move to a global IPv6-enabled Internet, enabling its continued exponential growth.Read more…

Protocol Push: Comcast follows IPv6 trial with DNS test
by Rich KarpinskiFebruary 25th, 2010

On the heels of the announcement of a broad scale trial of the next version of the Internet Protocol, IPv6, Comcast said this week it will begin testing new extensions to the core DNS protocol that could alleviate network-crushing denial of service attacks.

Specifically, Comcast said it is implementing DNSSEC – or DNS Security extensions – for the Websites it oversees, including comcast.com, comcast.net and xfinity.com, by the first quarter of next year at the latest.

What’s the big deal? Says Comcast on its corporate blog:

Basically, it allows websites to secure their domain information so that ISPs can validate and make sure nothing has been tampered with. This prevents hackers from injecting false information (aka DNS ‘poisoning’) that re-directs you to a fake or nefarious site. The process needed to secure domains as well as validate them is very complex and that is why we are taking time over the next year to make sure everything works.

Like its early work on IPv6, Comcast says it’s making the move toward the new DNS extensions on its own to encourage other ISPs to follow along. In a distributed denial of service attack, an attack on one server is rapidly propagated to other networks and servers, making any network – even the public Internet – only as secure as its weakest link.

Also as it did with its IPv6 move, Comcast has set up a FAQ page for DNSSEC as well as a volunteer page for users who want to start manually validating to the new DNS servers now.

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OTHER IPV6 DAY EVENTS

 

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Heise.de held a similar event on 16 September 2010.  As a result of their prior tests and experiences they now operate dual stack IPv6 and IPv4 on their website.  You can read about their experiences in the following links:

On Oct 26, 2010, two of the top-5 websites in Norway, A-pressen Digitale Medier and VG Multimedia, both made their websites available over IPv6 for 24 hours. Thanks to the positive results that day, the change was made permanent shortly after.

 

Let us know if you are testing out the IPv6 sites! For more information on World IPv6 Day, please seewww.worldipv6day.org.

 

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