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6bone (IPv6 Testing Address Allocation) Phaseout (RFC3701)

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Original Publication Date: 2004-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2019-Feb-11
Document File: 6 page(s) / 8K

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Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Fink: AUTHOR [+1]

Related Documents

10.17487/RFC3701: DOI

Abstract

The 6bone was established in 1996 by the IETF as an IPv6 Testbed network to enable various IPv6 testing as well as to assist in the transitioning of IPv6 into the Internet. It operates under the IPv6 address allocation 3FFE::/16 from RFC 2471. As IPv6 is beginning its production deployment it is appropriate to plan for the phaseout of the 6bone. This document establishes a plan for a multi-year phaseout of the 6bone and its address allocation on the assumption that the IETF is the appropriate place to determine this. This document obsoletes RFC 2471, "IPv6 Testing Address Allocation", December, 1998. RFC 2471 will become historic. This memo provides information for the Internet community.

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Network Working Group R. Fink Request for Comments: 3701 R. Hinden Obsoletes: 2471 March 2004 Category: Informational

6bone (IPv6 Testing Address Allocation) Phaseout

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. It does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

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Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2004). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

The 6bone was established in 1996 by the IETF as an IPv6 Testbed network to enable various IPv6 testing as well as to assist in the transitioning of IPv6 into the Internet. It operates under the IPv6 address allocation 3FFE::/16 from RFC 2471. As IPv6 is beginning its production deployment it is appropriate to plan for the phaseout of the 6bone. This document establishes a plan for a multi-year phaseout of the 6bone and its address allocation on the assumption that the IETF is the appropriate place to determine this.

This document obsoletes RFC 2471, "IPv6 Testing Address Allocation", December, 1998. RFC 2471 will become historic.

1. Introduction

The 6bone IPv6 Testbed network was established in March 1996, becoming operational during the summer of 1996 using an IPv6 testing address allocation of 5F00::/8 [TEST-OLD] that used the original (and now obsolete) provider based unicast address format. In July 1998, a new IPv6 Addressing Architecture [ARCH] replaced the original provider based unicast address format with the now standardized Aggregatable Global Unicast Address Format [AGGR].

To allow the 6bone to operate under the revised IPv6 address architecture with the new Aggregatable Global Unicast addressing format, [TEST-OLD] was replaced with a new IPv6 testing address

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RFC 3701 6bone Phaseout Plan March 2004

allocation" of 3FFE::/16 in [TEST-NEW]. During the fall of 1998, in anticipation of [AGGR], the 6bone was re-addressed under the 3FFE::/16 prefix with little problems.

From the fall of 1998, until the issuance of this note, the 6bone has continued to successfully operate with Aggregatable Global Unicast Address prefixes from the 3FFE::/16 allocation, using a set of 6bone routing practice rules specified in [GUIDE], and later refined to 6Bone backbone routing guidelines in [PRACTICE].

During its lifetime the 6bone has provided:

- a place for early standard developers and implementers to test out the IPv6 protocols and their implementations;

- a place for early experimentation with routing and operational procedures;

- a place to evolve practices useful for production IPv6 prefix allocation;

- a place to provide bootstrap qualification for production IPv6 address prefix allocation;

- a place to develop IPv6 applications;

- a place for early users to try using IPv6 in their hosts and networks.

As clearly stated in [TEST-NEW], the addresses for the 6bone are temporary and will be reclaimed in the future. It further states that all users of these addresses (within the 3FFE::/16 prefi...

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