Although it has been a network protocol standard for more than 10 years, IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) has only been minimally implemented by the networking community. But that could change now that the U.S. Department of Energy’s Energy Sciences Network (ESnet) has deployed a production IPv6 management system across its entire network.

ESnet is one of the world’s leading networks supporting the research and education community, serving tens of thousands of scientists at national laboratories and universities across the country and linking them to collaborators in the U.S. and around the world. By transitioning its network management system to IPv6, ESnet will both broaden the acceptance of IPv6 and gain hands-on experience in using the protocol to manage a national network.

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