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European Commission presents IPv6, the new Internet protocol
Posted by: Jordi on Saturday, November 29, 2003 - 09:04 AM
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IPv6, the new version of the Internet Protocol, is ready for implementation and deployment. After almost 20 years of service the current version of the Internet Protocol IPv4 is gradually being phased out and the new version - IPv6 - will increasingly take over. To mark this occasion, the Information Society Directorate-General of the European Commission is organising The Global IPv6 Service Launch Event in Brussels on January 15-16, 2004.

The event will showcase the new protocol as well as a number of research projects that have demonstrated actual deployment of IPv6 and developed a number of complementary applications. This includes the new Internet speed record being set by the GÉANT network in October 2003 using the IPv6 protocol.

The goal of the event is to highlight the importance and impact of IPv6 to spur the deployment of the new protocol in all sectors.

One of the main problems of IPv4 is its limited address space. IPv4 only supports 4 billion IP addresses and as a result the world is slowly running out of the addresses needed for every computer to be accessed on the global network. IPv6 will not only vastly increase the available address space, it will also provide encryption functionality by default and make life easier for users by automatic network configuration of new devices. Another huge benefit of IPv6 is to restore pure end-to-end connectivity of devices on the Internet.

The event web site has already published the agenda and more complete details.

The attendance is only by invitation. Requests to attend must be sent to Marie-Gabrielle Dejardin

6deploy IPv6 Cluster Member The IPv6 Portal Seventh Framework Programme e-infrastructure