Google ramps up IPv6 mission, a year away

Google has begun preaching the wonders of IPv6 in the hope more awareness will help expedite the transition from the legacy IPv4 networks most people use today.

During a presentation at this year’s in Hobart, senior Google software engineer Angus Lees recalled how Google’s IPv6 efforts started as a covert, hobbyist project about two years ago and has gained enough momentum that a AAAA record for could be added to Google’s DNS in a year.

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[via NetworkWorld]

An IPv6 update – NTP, DHCPv6 and connectivity

I wanted to post a few IPv6 updates since my last post.

The NTP pool project has been working to add IPv6 support for some time. This month, they’ve added partial IPv6 support. Hopefully by year’s end they’ll have full IPv6 support. Several OSes and NTP appliances already have IPv6 support, so there’s a fair bit of infrastructure that could support this now.

Speaking of NTP, the IETF’s NTP working group is working to define IPv6 NTP options for DHCPv6. The current draft of that spec has received some criticism, claiming that its redundant with the current SNTP option. I hope that is resolved at the next IETF meeting in a few months.

Speaking of DHCPv6, Microsoft has fixed several DHCPv6 bugs in the beta of Windows Server 2008 R2. This should significantly improve interoperability with Unix/Linux clients.

Several North American universities and R&E networks obtained IPv6 allocations in 2008. I pulled the list of allocations from ARIN and noticed some highlights:

* Arkansas Research and Education Optical Network
* Bryant University
* Bucknell University
* California Institute of Technology
* California Polytechnic State University
* Florida LambdaRail
* Furman University
* George Mason University
* Louisiana State University
* Lousiana Optical Network Initiative (LONI)
* National Center for Supercomputing Applications
* New York University
* Oregon State University
* Rutgers University
* South Dakota Board of Regents
* Stanford University
* Tufts University
* University of Alaska
* University of California, Irvine
* University of California, Office of the President
* University of California, San Diego
* University of California, Santa Barbara
* University of California, Santa Cruz
* University of Illinois
* University of Iowa
* University of Nebraska-Lincoln
* University of Pennsylvania
* University of Pittsburgh
* University of South Florida
* University of Wisconsin Madison
* Wheaton College
* Worcester Polytechnic Institute

Several of these allocations are already in use.