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Cisco, Juniper conduct trial of fed's IPv6 tests.

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The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) tests networking and data communications products. The university established the laboratory in 1988, "with the dual mission of providing a neutral environment to foster multi-vendor interoperability and  in July conducted the first trial of the U.S. federal government's new IPv6 test suite on equipment from 10 leading network vendors, including Cisco, Juniper, Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Sun. <p>The National Institute of Standards and Technology National Institute of Standards and Technology, governmental agency within the U.S. Dept. of Commerce with the mission of "working with industry to develop and apply technology, measurements, and standards" in the national interest.  (NIST (National Institute of Standards & Technology, Washington, DC, The standards-defining agency of the U.S. government, formerly the National Bureau of Standards. It is one of three agencies that fall under the Technology Administration ( ) is launching a new IPv6 compliance testing program called USGv6 Test Program. All routers, hosts and network security systems must pass the USGv6 Test Program by July 2010 in order to be sold to U.S. federal agencies. <p>IPv6 is the long-anticipated upgrade to the Internet's main communications protocol, known as IPv4. IPv6 features vastly more address space, built-in security and enhanced support for streaming media and peer-to-peer applications. Available for a decade, IPv6 has been slow to catch on in the United States. Now that unallocated IPv4 addresses are expected to run out in 2011, the pressure is on U.S. carriers and corporations to deploy IPv6 in the next few years. <p>UNH-IOL UNH-IOL University of New Hampshire-interoperability Laboratory  held its test event in conjunction with NIST from July 13-17. The event allowed vendors to pre-test the USGv6 test specifications, provide input to the development of the test specifications and prepare for passing the tests in the first half of next year. <p>The test event "was to work on the NIST test specifications,'' says Erica Johnson, Director of UNH-IOL. "We were making sure that the test cases made senseC*Another goal of the event was to inform the vendors about the USGv6 Test Program. A lot of the vendors had no idea what the program was and what was going to be required of them.'' <p>The NIST IPv6 test plan covers basic IPv6 functionality as well as related standards such as: IP Security (IPsec), Internet Key Exchange Internet key exchange (IKE) is the protocol used to set up a security association (SA) in the IPsec protocol suite. Overview
IKE is defined in RFC 2407, RFC 2408 and RFC 2409. IKEv2 is defined in RFC 4306.
 (IKEv2), Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (protocol) Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol - (DHCP) A protocol that provides a means to dynamically allocate IP addresses to computers on a local area network. The system administrator assigns a range of IP addresses to DHCP and each client computer on the LAN has its TCP/IP  (DHCPv6), Open Shortest Path First (OSPFv3), Border Gateway Protocol Border Gateway Protocol - (BGP) An Exterior Gateway Protocol defined in RFC 1267 and RFC 1268. Its design is based on experience gained with Exterior Gateway Protocol (EGP), as defined in STD 18, RFC 904 and EGP usage in the NSFNet backbone, as described in RFCs 1092 and 1093.  (BGP (Border Gateway Protocol) The routing protocol that is used to span autonomous systems on the Internet. It is a robust, sophisticated and scalable protocol that was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). 4+) and multicast requirements in MLDv2. <p>Timothy Winters, Senior Manager at UNH-IOL, said the test event participants found that they need to create more test cases for IPv6 features such as IKEv2, multicast and OSPFv3. <p>"We ran into a lot of configuration issues,'' Winters said. "We ran into a lot of issues related to support for security features.'' <p>Nonetheless,Winters said that NIST is ``more than three quarters of the way there'' with its IPv6 test suite. ``In November, NIST will be able to point to all the different specifications and test cases that need to be run.'' <p>Copyright 2009 IDG Middle East. All rights reserved.

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Date:Jul 28, 2009
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