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IP Next Generation Overview

Robert M. Hinden

One-line summary: As the IP(v4) address space is nearing full allocation, routing and address assignment are becoming challenging. The paper outlines important features of the next generation protocol, IPng (or IPv6), utmost of which is the ability to smoothly transition from the current system to the new.

Overview/Main Points


Despite the attempt to make the transition easy, the word from the backbone network operators is that they're unlikely to switch over any time soon. The new routers will likely be expensive, and there's no incentive for them to do it.



IP Next Generation Overview
IP Next Generation (IPng)

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