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IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) at Penn

Introduction

This website lists information about the deployment and usage of IPv6, the next generation Internet Protocol, at Penn.

IPv6 is an abbreviation for "Internet Protocol Version 6". The Internet Protocol is the technical specification that describes how to send data around the Internet, in units called packets (or datagrams), using source and destinations described by IP addresses. The dominant version of that protocol in use today is IPv4. IPv6 is the next generation of the protocol, designed to eventually replace IPv4, after a potentially long period of co-existence. IPv6 deals with a number of problems in IPv4, most importantly, the far more limited number of addresses available in the latter. It also adds improvements in areas such as scalable routing and network auto configuration.

Penn has extensive experience with IPv6 deployment. MAGPI, the regional R&E network operated by Penn has had IPv6 deployed since 2002. The Penn campus network began production IPv6 deployment in 2005, and at this point a large portion of the campus has native IPv6 enabled in the network. A number of major campus computing services are IPv6 enabled and work is continuing on many others.

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External Resources

IPv6 related websites at other universities

A few technical specifications ..
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