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IETF 5 November 2014

Rough Guide to IETF 91: All About IPv6

IPv6 growth continues throughout the world, and the standardization work in the IETF reflects this growth and operational experience. Akamai and Google both publish ongoing statistics about IPv6 deployment showing growth in both individual networks and in countries all around the globe.

At IETF 91 next week in Honolulu, there will be work on IPv6 operations and ongoing maintenance of the IPv6 protocol. In the Rough Guide to IETF 90, my colleague Chris Grundemann called attention also to the Homenet Working Group which is also meeting at this IETF. All of these working groups are advancing open standards to extend and improve deployment and operations of IPv6 in the Internet.

The draft has generated a tremendous amount of discussion on the v6ops mailing list in the last few weeks. This document will be discussed in the first v6ops session on Monday morning. In the afternoon session the draft will be discussed. This is an informational draft intended to provide design guidance for operators determining how to go about deploying IPv6 in their networks.

Again at this IETF the Homenet WG has some of the most interesting topics for discussion. This work is focussed on producing open standards for protocols to implement robust networks in the home, all based on IPv6. The topics include routing, addressing, naming, and security. It’s exciting to see new standards work for such a potentially interesting area for extending the reach of open standards in networks that matter to people around the world.

At the Internet Society we continue to promote IPv6 deployment. You can check out the World IPv6 Launch Measurements for our latest measurements of IPv6 around the globe:

Also you can check out our online resources for getting started with IPv6 deployment:

IPv6 Working Groups at IETF 91:

v6ops (IPv6 Operations) WG
Monday, 10 November 900am-1130am, Coral 4
Monday, 10 November 320pm-520pm, Coral 3

6man (IPv6 Maintenance) WG
Friday, 14 November 9am-1130am, Coral 3

Homenet (Home Networking) WG
Wednesday, 12 November 9am-1130am, Coral 3

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