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									   Irish IPv6 Task Force

                      IPv6 World Congress
                       Las Vegas, Nevada
                         20th Feb 2006
             Mícheál Ó Foghlú <>           IPv6 Forum         Irish IPv6 Task Force
 •   Historical Context
 •   Irish IPv6 Task Force
 •   Irish National IPv6 Centre
 •   Planed Events
 •   Discussion
 •   Future Direction
 •   Questions
 •   (Appendix I, II, III, IV Centre Partners)

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  Historical Context: Ireland
 • One of original EU 15, Now EU 25
 • Poster boy of the ICT & Biotech industries (Celtic Tiger)
 • More than one mobile phone per person
 • Example of how EU infrastructural investment can
   transform member states‟ economies
 • Much of economy based on FDI (Foreign Direct
   Investment) largely from North America
 • Current political shift is for FDI to focus on research (part
   of building a “knowledge economy”)
 • Argument: need to promote IPv6 in Ireland to show
   Ireland has a place in next generation of the Internet

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  Historical Context: Politics
 • An interest in IPv6 in a number of constituencies
   in late 1990s:
     – Academic Networking
          • HEAnet (National Research Network, NREN)
     – European Funded Research & Development
          • Framework 5 Programme
              – Individual projects with Irish partners
              – IPv6 Cluster
          • Framework 6 Programme
     – Other
          • National Research Programmes

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  Irish Presidency of EU 2004
 • Irish Presidency Jan 2004-Jun 2004 of EU gave a
   political opportunity to engage with the Irish national
   government department with responsibility for
     – DCMNR (Department of Marine, Communications and Natural
 • This political lobbying in 2003 culminated in John
   Browne TD, speaking at the launch of the IPv6 research
   network in Brussels in January 2004.
     – “The ability for every electronic device to have its own unique
       Internet address opens up endless possibilities for
       manufacturers and consumers."
          • John Browne TD
          • Irish Minister of State, DCMNR
          • Event URL:

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  Irish IPv6 Task Force
 • After the Brussels event a series of Task Force
   Meetings called:
     –   March 2004
     –   November 2004
     –   January 2005 (gap during formation of Centre)
     –   February 2006
 • Main initial outcomes were:
     – Draft document for formal release
     – Agreement to officially nominate a “Nation IPv6
       Centre” to support the Task Force operationally

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  Irish National IPv6 Centre
 • Call for Proposals (CfP)
     – CfP released 12th April 2005
     – Submission deadline 3rd May 2005
 • Evaluated over summer 2005
 • Irish National IPv6 Centre Launch
     – 30th September 2005
          •   DCMNR (Martin Cullen, Minister)
          •   EU Commission (Mario Campolargo)
          •   Partners of centre (WIT, NUI Maynooth, HEAnet, BT Ireland)
          •   Supporters of centre (Dublin INEX, SFI, IPv6 Forum)

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  National IPv6 Centre: Makeup
 • Telecommunications Software &
   Systems Group, Waterford
   Institute of Technology

 • Hamilton Institute, NUI Maynooth

 • HEAnet

 • BT Ireland

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  National IPv6 Centre: Mission
 • Support the Irish IPv6 Task Force
     – Launched Jan 2004 (by Minister John Browne TD, Minister
       of State, DCMNR)
 • Promote the uptake of IPv6 in Ireland
     – Awareness raising and deployment issues
 • Research the fundamentals of IPv6 protocols
     – Low level issues
 • Research the next generation services based on IPv6
     – High level issues
 • National IPv6 Centre partners will collaborate to create a
   critical mass of IPv6-related activity in Ireland
     – Combine to address all these issues and have an impact
       nationally and internationally

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 • Can view the Irish IPv6 Task Force as being in
   two phases:
     – Phase I
          • Setup phase
          • Initial meetings and creation of centre
     – Phase II
          • Now beginning
          • Activity phase

     – Looking to this event to give potential structure for
       maximizing impact of Phase II

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  Discussion (cont)
 • Task Force represents three main constituents:
     – Academic research at protocol and service layers
          (WIT, NUI Maynooth)
     – Academic networking
     – National government
     – Industrial
          (BT Ireland – linked to research interests in UK Labs, Ipswich)

          Note: commercial support still driven by research interests
           rather than deployment commitments

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 • Mícheál Ó Foghlú <>
     – Research Director TSSG, WIT, Ireland
     – Director, Irish National IPv6 Centre

 • Happy to Take Questions!!

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 • Details of my involvement in IPv6 related
   activities in the TSSG in WIT
 • This may be too specific to my own organisation
   so I‟ve appended it as an optional appendix….

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  TSSG/WIT and IPv6: EU FP5
 • In the EU FP5 the TSSG was involved in a number of
   projects that became member of the EU IPv6 Cluster
   due to their engagement with issues related to IPv6 at
   various levels. These are documented in the two formal
   reports produced by the IPv6 Cluster [IPv6 Cluster 2002]
   [IPv6 Cluster 2003]. The FP5 IPv6 projects involving the
   TSSG were:
     – INTERMON (this looked as quality of services for IP and in
       particular at inter-domain issues of quality of service for both
       IPv4 and IPv6)
     – TORRENT (this looked at developing an intelligent residential
       gateway for managing multiple type of home Internet
       connectivity; it was based on an all IPv6 architecture to enable
       security with IPsec; the activity in the TSSG included
       benchmarking the performance of IPsec for IPv6 to see how
       much equipment would be required in an ISP to support such an

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  TSSG/WIT and IPv6: Irish
 • The TSSG won funding from the Irish TSR programme (for Institute
   of Technology) for a Strand III project:
     – CONVERGE (this investigated the three related issues of quality of
       service, security and accounting for converged IP-based services
       including IPv4 and IPv6).
 • The TSSG led up a submission to the HEA PRTLI Cycle 3 of a basic
   research programme focused on managed zones of smart spaces.
   The core architectural approach from the TSSG assumes the use of
   IPv6 as a pervasive internetworking technology and seeks to
   leverage the capabilities that this provides such as mobile IPv6:
     – M-Zones (managing the next generation of interoperable smart spaces).
 • The TSSG has made the development of an integrated testbed core
   to its ongoing research activities. In January 2005 the
     – SFI PI Award for Autonomic Computing
          • included a substantial budget for development of this integrated testbed for
            next generation services, including location detection. This is entirely IPv6
            at its lower layers and utilises IPv6 features for quality of service, security
            and mobility.

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  TSSG/WIT and IPv6: EU FP6
 • Having established this broad base of interest in IPv6,
   and continuing to represent TORRENT and INTERMON
   at the regular IPv6 Cluster meetings, the TSSG made
   IPv6 a part of its ongoing research strategy making it
   core to all its submissions in Calls 1-4 of FP6. A number
   of these proposals were successful and are now running:
     – Daidalos (creating a platform for pervasive communications
       services over IPv6)
     – SEINIT (securing pervasive communications services over IPv6)
     – SecurIST (setting the security agenda for the next EU research
       framework FP7)
     – ENABLE (exploring various forms of Mobile IPv6)

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  HEAnet - history
 • HEAnet has been providing production level
   IPv6 services throughout its network since 2003.
   The protocol is supported throughout the core
   network, at all access points of presence
   (PoPs), and through peerings with other
   networks in Ireland, in the rest of Europe, in
   North America and elsewhere. At present, we
   have three institutions connected via native IPv6
   (dual stacked with their IPv4 connectivity) and
   four institutions with IPv6 tunnel connections.
   Approximately 1% of the traffic in HEAnet is IPv6
   at present.

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  HEAnet – status matrix
 • HEAnet publishes a status matrix [HEAnet 2005]
   that shows various metrics for the uptake of IPv6
   within HEAnet, as well as in other NRENs in
   Europe. HEAnet was among the very first RIPE
   clients to support the IPv6 implementation of the
   Test Traffic Measurement service.

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  HEAnet – software development
 • HEAnet has also acted as a developer of IPv6
   software. They have developed the current IPv6
   implementations for Apache, NSD and more.
   They have also added IPv6 multicast support to
   the Apache Portable Runtime, and have
   organised IPv6 programming training in-house.

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  HEAnet - other
 • HEAnet have also developed their own testing tools,
   such as multicast netcat which has full ASM and SSM
   IPv6 Multicast support. Their work and experience have
   helped to diagnose an array of obscure IPv6
   implementation bugs ranging from the IPv6 sendfile bug
   on Linux (TCP checksum offloading bugs) to Cisco CEF
   bugs. Staff in HEAnet have demonstrated a proven
   ability in finding and diagnosing problems.
 • HEAnet is involved with SixXS, and also provides a 6to4
   relay. These services help to promote IPv6 more widely
   and to provide transition mechanisms to a large amount
   of users in the country, whether they are in HEAnet or
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 HEAnet is Ireland's National Research and Education Network (NREN),
     providing high quality Internet Services to over 150,000 students
     and staff in Irish Universities, Institutes of Technology and other
     educational and research organisations.
 It provides a high-speed national network with direct connectivity for its
     community to other networks in Ireland, Europe, the USA and the
     rest of the world.
 • Since its formation, the HEAnet community has grown five-fold to
     over 40 organisations that include almost every Irish third-level
 • Today it is one of the largest Internet Service Providers in the
     country, though it is exclusively geared to meet the needs of the
     academic and research community through the highest quality
     telecommunications links and value-added Internet services.

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  APPENDIX III: Hamilton Institute
     @ NUI Maynooth, Ireland

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     Hamilton Institute (NUI Maynooth)
 •    The Hamilton Institute is a multi-disciplinary research centre formally
      established at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth in November

 •    The Hamilton Institute has an active networks group. Research is ongoing
      in a number of areas at the Transport, Network and MAC layers of the
      network stack.

 •    There are also groups working in Hybrid Systems Theory, Machine
      Learning & Cognitive Neuroscience, Dynamics and Interaction and Systems

 •    The Hamilton Institute has 8 Faculty, 12 Research Fellows, 16 Research
      Students and a visitor program facilitating a number of researchers from
      other international institutions.

       – These researchers are supported by a number of grants. The common theme in
         all projects at the Hamilton Institute is mathematics and its applications,
         particularly in ICT and biology.

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  Hamilton Institute (NUI Maynooth)
 • A 4 year partnership centred on wireless networking
   between the Hamilton Institute, Dublin Institute of
   Technology, University of Limerick, Intel Ireland and
   Corvil Networks has been funded by the Science
   Foundation Ireland .

 • The Hamilton Institute is working on strands of this
   project relating to algorithms and protocols at the MAC
   layer. Research on network dynamics and Internet
   Transport layer dynamics is also conducted under
   Science Foundation Ireland funding in collaboration with
   HEAnet .

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    Hamilton Institute (NUI Maynooth)
• David Malone:
     – a project to study the implications of IPv6 for fire-
       walling, resulting in a successful MEngSc thesis;
     – a project to study the impact of DNS problems on IPv6
       deployment, presented as work at the RIPE DNS
       working group;
     – a project to assess the availability of "6to4" routers,
       awaiting publication;
     – an ongoing project to analyse IPv6 deployment trends,
       in conjunction with HEAnet.

•   David has been involved with IPv6 deployment projects at a
    number of sites including Trinity College Dublin, the Dublin
    Institute for Advanced Studies and the Dublin Institute of

         • David is a co-author of a book on IPv6 Administration and has also
           been involved in testing of Eircom's trial IPv6 services.
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    BT Ireland
•   BT in Ireland is a wholly owned subsidiary of BT Group plc, and a fully integrated
    division of BT Global Services.
     –   With over 900 employees, the company is headquartered in Dublin with offices in
         Cork, Limerick, Galway and Waterford.
•   BT in Ireland helps organisations large and small, corporate and public, Irish and
    global to thrive through the provision of networked communication services.
•   The parent company, BT is one of the world‟s leading providers of
    communications solutions serving customers in Europe, the Americas and Asia
    Pacific. Its principal activities include IT and networking services, local, national
    and international telecommunications services, and higher-value broadband and
    internet products and services.

•   BT consists principally of three lines of business:
     –   BT Retail,
           •   providing a comprehensive range of communications and related services
     –   BT Wholesale,
           •   providing network services and solutions to fixed and mobile operators and service providers
               including the provision of broadband, private circuits.
     –   BT Global Services,
           •   providing IT and networking services to meet the needs of multi-site organisations globally. BT
               Global Services operates in more than 130 countries and also offers international carrier services.

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    BT Ireland
•   Research Activity
•   BT have been involved in the specification, development and deployment of IPv6
    for many years now. BT has been a major partner within many leading
    collaborative projects that have had a primary focus on IPv6.
•   Additionally we have been active within many promotional and policy setting
    bodies at both national and pan-European level. BT‟s research technology and IT
    operations division, BT Exact, has a distinguished track record of leading edge
    testbed development and vendor capability evaluation. Well-established contacts
    with IP vendors have enabled BT to monitor and influence the development of IP
    network technology.
•   BT‟s IPv6 highlights are:
     –   BT has been actively involved in the IETF standardisation process for IPv6 development,
         particularly in the transition tools area.
     –   BT was one of the first carriers to obtain IPv6 TLA address allocations
     –   BT engineers have many years experience of developing and operating IPv6 trial and
         test networks such as the initial global IPv6 backbone and LEAnet, a BT deployed IPv6
         WAN with PoPs in Cambridge, Ipswich and London. BT has been involved in several
         world-first demonstrations of IPv6 technology including IPv6 over GPRS and 3G, and has
         demonstrated at events such as the Global IPv6 Summit and the Global IPv6 Service
         Launch Event.
     –   BT has implemented and deployed migration tools such as NAT-PT, DSTM, 6to4 relay
         and IPv6 Tunnel broker. Based upon this detailed implementation experience, BT has
         filed several patents in the area of IPv4 to IPv6 inter-working and transition.

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  BT Ireland
     – BT has been heavily involved in European Union collaborative research projects
       such as 6INIT, Eurescom Armstrong, 6WINIT, Euro6IX, and 6LINK. As a
       consequence BT is a key player in the European IPv6 R&D community. BT is a
       work package leader in the newly formed SEINIT project which is examining IPv6
       and security technologies on an international testbed.
     – BT enjoys key positions on the IPv6 Forum, the EU IPv6 Task Force Steering
       Committee and the UK IPv6 Task Force providing IPv6 promotion to the wider
       community. These roles allow BT to maintain a detailed understanding of the
       technology policy decisions driving IPv6 deployment, and the ability to influence
       the key players in both government and industry.
     – IPv6 @IETF51 – First time host provided IPv6 connectivity and with commercial
       IPv6 address space
     – BT consultants have been draw upon by the European Commission, United
       Kingdom Government, and several large private enterprises to provide IPv6
       expertise and advice.
     – BT has developed and operates the UK6x (, the first IPv6
       Internet Exchange in the UK. Utilising this infrastructure, BT is providing native
       IPv6 peering and transit to many customers, and tunnelled connections to early
     – IPv6 is a central element of BT‟s recently announced „21CN‟ initiative to provide
       mobile, multimedia services across an integrated multi-service network carrying
       both traditional voice services and IP-based services over a unified IP core.

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  BT Ireland
 • In Adastral Park, Ipswich, UK, BT has its leading research and
   technology centre, providing IPv6 connectivity to advanced research
   and collaborative projects and network testbeds.

 • These IPv6 network testbeds have been regularly used to evaluate
   emerging vendor equipment and applications.

 • BT has been involved in a number of collaborative projects both
   Eurescom and European Commission funded. Together, these
   activities have looked at a wide range of problems including:
    – Deploying an example of the IPv6 Internet across Europe.
    – Investigating the interoperability of interworking mechanisms.
    – Wireless access and healthcare applications.
    – The role of IPv6 exchange points in a pan-European network.
    – Security within large-scale IP networks.

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