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Volume 2 Number 8

The Best IPv6 Summit Ever
by Alex Lightman, Chairman, IPv6 Summit, Inc.

As the chairman of the Coalition Summit for IPv6, I can’t claim to be objective and neutral. That said, if you missed the Coalition Summit, you missed the best IPv6 Summit ever, including the most powerful and influential speakers as well as real products and services available right now. The quality of the presentations and demonstrations was an amazing counterpoint to the results of Juniper’s IPv6 IQ survey, also announced at the conference, which showed that the majority of IT managers are actively seeking the benefits that they could obtain by deploying IPv6 – but are unaware that IPv6 is the road to obtaining such benefits. There was so much information presented that the Coalition Summit attendees must have left the event as the best informed group on the planet about where IPv6 is and where it’s going, and why. See www.coalitionsummit.com for the conference PowerPoints (not all PowerPoint briefings were cleared for release).

The Top Ten Successes of the Coalition Summit for IPv6:

1. Congressman Tom Davis (R-VA), Chairman of the Government Reform Committee, became the first elected official in the U.S. to call for a national transition to IPv6 (similar invocations have been made by the prime ministers of Japan and South Korea). Congressman Davis gave an outstanding opening talk to multiple rounds of applause. He made a call to action for continuing US leadership in the Internet, and focused on urgent key questions about how IPv6 can be applied to defense, homeland security, and other areas of critical concern for the U.S. government.

2. Congressman Davis also treated the audience to copies of the first published report on IPv6 from the federal government, from the Government Accountability Office (GAO), and announced some of the findings. He also announced that he would chair hearings by his powerful Government Reform Committee, which is responsible for procurement policy that strongly impacts the $65 billion in federal IT spending. The GAO report, for the first time and somewhat courageously, lists the IPv6 efforts (or lack thereof) of the 25 “CFO” agencies, which constitute the bulk of federal spending, and gives recommendations for action and warning about security issues.

3. Three very prominent three-star generals, including the CIO of the Army, the (acting) CIO of the Air Force, and the Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces Command (who is nominated to become the head of the Army Special Operations Command) all provided amazing talks on the past, present, and future of net-centric operations. The graphics were stunning, as was the admission, by the Army CIO, that some warfighters were actually buying their own routers to help protect their team members through better communications. The Air Force presentation showed huge upcoming increases in bandwidth between satellites and space-based weaponry. Between the three talks, the audience got the strongest possible case that U.S. security depends on net-centric warfare, and that net-centric warfare depends on IPv6.

4. There was "good news" about the U.S. and its Coalition Partners, as NATO, the European Union, the European Defense Force, and over thirty coalition partner governments showed up and discussed how to synchronize their deployment of IPv6, share test bed data, and adopt a common definition of IPv6 as well as common standards for IPv6-based products.

5. Some of the very first consumer level products using IPv6 were demonstrated, especially Panasonic's IPv6-enabled Pro-webcams, Home Gateway, and high speed power line technology, all of which take advantage of the power and advanced features of IPv6. The company described an upcoming very cool form factor that's a paperback-sized device using home electrical wiring, with speeds up to 170 Mbps. Panasonic also presented the "big picture" concept of a whole family of IPv6-enabled products, including printers, copiers, and fax machines, which will raise the bar for consumer electronics companies, even as they open up new possibilities for retailers, companies, and end users.

6. The first major U.S. public demonstration of IPv4 vs. IPv6 streaming video in a side-by-side comparison took place, with the TV show The Office played over 512Kbps. There was no comparison: the IPv6-transported picture appeared to be DVD quality on a large screen, while the IPv4 picture was what you are used to seeing today on the Internet – jumpy and pixellated, with poor resolution and audio synchronization. WAZT of Woodstock, Virginia is the very first commercial television station that is broadcasting on IPv6 multicast in the U.S. -- and it had its netcast premiere at the Coalition Summit for IPv6.

7. The Asian and European representatives revealed that they are collectively (with China included) outspending the U.S. 100 to 1 at the federal level on IPv6. This is ironic, since the U.S. federal spending on IPv4 in its first seven years (IPv6 is now seven years old) outspent all other governments at a rate of 100 to 1. (government spending on IPv6 outside the U.S. has been over $800 million, vs. about $8 million by the U.S.) The audience got the point -- we can't have this sort of shift, and still expect the U.S. to lead, or even be an adaptive follower. Federal government involvement to move the U.S. forward is essential for the next phase. The IPv6 Promotion Council of Japan also showed why Japan is widely perceived as the leader, by showing IPv6 deployments for building maintenance (with 30% cost savings), college dormitories (nearly free Voice-over-IPv6), automotive, and consumer electronics applications.

8. Hexago delighted onlookers with the first U.S. demonstration of an IPv6-enabled multiplayer online game, Quake II, at their booth. They were playing it not only between booths at the show, but between Reston, Virginia, and Quebec City, Quebec, Canada, used Hexago’s tunneling brokers at either end of over 1,000 miles, with tolerable latency and great resolution.

9. Leading Internet Service Providers attending the event commented on how little most of their brethren knew of IPv6. NTT Communications launched its innovative IPv6 website hosting services, which allow any website to be served up to IPv6 users with sign-up online. Global Crossing showed its global IPv6-enabled network with MPLS. Both NTT and Global Crossing offer IPv6 in several continents, including North America and Eurasia.

10. Germany’s counterpart to the RAND Corporation, IABG, announced it had tested IPv6 in mobile trials for communication, ad hoc networking and video over an extended period, including the use of v6-enabled armored vehicles in the field, and that the results showed that IPv6 would have great utility for military and police forces and allow new levels of coordination for first responders and warfighters in fast-moving critical situations.

Another success was the level of product demonstrations from our sponsors, including Grand Sponsors Spirent and Juniper, and Gold Sponsors Global Crossing, Houston Associates, Lucent Technologies, Microsoft, Agilent Technologies, Hexago, the IPv6 Promotion Council, Panasonic, NTT Communications, Extreme Networks, Cisco, SAIC, IXIA, Charmed Technology and Sunset Learning; look for their presentations, which incorporate a wealth of wisdom and practical experience, on the event website.

Spirits were very high at the Coalition Summit for IPv6, giving us momentum as we move forward to the next event, the US IPv6 Summit 2005, to be held at the Hyatt Regency in Reston, VA, on Dec. 7-9, 2005. Please join us and be part of creating an ever larger, ever smarter, and ever more accomplished IPv6 community, and, eventually, an IPv6-enabled civilization. On behalf of my awesome team, I’d like to thank our 50 speakers and panelists, our 20 sponsors, and our 527 registered attendees.


Alex Lightman
Chairman, Coalition Summit for IPv6

IPv6 Summit, Inc.

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