Supporting IPv6 on a Linux Server Node
As part of our activities in the Open Architecture Research at Ericsson Research Canada, we are conducting several IPv6-related projects, such as supporting IPv6 on our telecom-grade server nodes, porting application servers to work with IPv6 and establishing research projects in different IPv6 areas.
One of the interesting activities we carried out was to experiment with the Linux IPv6 implementations currently available and present recommendations to decide which implementation to adopt for our Linux processors. The recommendations were based on IPv6-implementation characteristics, such as its development speed, its compliance to the standards and its performance vs. other implementations. The results were presented during the Linux Symposium in Ottawa, Canada, June 26-29 (www.linuxsymposium.org/2002/view_txt.php?text=abstract&talk=93).
For 2002, we continue to support IPv6 on our Linux clusters. Our current efforts are in the direction of supporting IPv6 on the SIP and SCTP implementations for Linux, as well as building an IPv6 benchmarking environment capable of testing the performance and scalability of platforms and applications running over IPv6.
In closing, it's important to know that one of the key advantages of IPv6 is addresses. Any individual can receive as many addresses as the current IPv4 address space. This empowers users with complete freedom to deploy servers and services without having to take care of NAT problems and limited address space. Welcome to the freedom of deploying services on the Internet!
We'd like to thank Ericsson Open Architecture Research for approving the publication of this article, Canarie, Inc. (www.canarie.ca) for funding part of the Freenet6 Project and David Gordon (David.Gordon@Ericsson.ca) for his help in the ECUR Lab setting up IPv6 nodes and editing and reviewing this article.
Ibrahim Haddad (Ibrahim.Haddad@Ericsson.com) currently is a researcher at the Ericsson Corporate Research Unit in Montréal, Canada. He is primarily involved in researching carrier-class server nodes for real-time, all-IP networks and represents Ericsson on the Technical Groups of the Open Source Development Lab. Marc Blanchet works at Viagénie, a consulting firm specialized in IP engineering, IPv6 and network security. He has been involved in IPv6 since 1995 and has written many IETF documents on IPv6. He also wrote Migrating to IPv6, published by Wiley.