Mark Allman / ICSI @mallman_icsi

Jakub Czyz, Mark Allman, Jing Zhang, Scott Iekel-Johnson, Eric Osterweil, Michael Bailey. Assessing IPv6 Adoption. Technical Report 13-004, International Computer Science Institute, August 2013.


On February 3, 2011 the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the last unallocated blocks of IPv4 address space to the five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). While many solutions that tackle the problem of address scarcity have been proposed (e.g. address markets), the predominant opinion is that networks will eventually adopt the new Internet Protocol, IPv6. As a result, the Internet is on the verge of its first fundamentally disruptive transition---one which will impose extensive change throughout the network. This inflection point offers a unique opportunity to measure the adoption of new technologies at an unprecedented scale. In this paper, we tackle the problem of measuring this significant transition by first suggesting a broad framework of measurements to assess the complex ecosystem that underlies IPv6 adoption. We then assemble the largest and most comprehensive snapshot of this evolution to date, adding several new perspectives on adoption, including some based on our large globally-distributed traffic and DNS datasets, as well as replicating and updating earlier work from several studies.


    author      =        "Jakub Czyz and Mark Allman and Jing Zhang and Scott Iekel-Johnson and Eric Osterweil and Michael Bailey",
    title       =        "{Assessing IPv6 Adoption}",
    institution =        "International Computer Science Institute",
    year        =        2013,
    number      =        "13-004",
    month       =        aug,

A subsequent version of this report appears in SIGCOMM 2014 and is available here.
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