GEN6 - Greek IPv6 Pilot

Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) is the latest revision of the Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet. IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion.

Every device on the Internet must be assigned an IP address in order to communicate with other devices. With the ever-increasing number of new devices being connected to the Internet, the need arose for more addresses than IPv4 is able to accommodate. IPv6 uses a 128-bit address, allowing 2128, or approximately 3.4x1038 addresses, or more than 7.9x1028 times as many as IPv4, which uses 32-bit addresses. IPv4 allows only approximately 4.3 billion addresses. The two protocols are not designed to be interoperable, complicating the transition to IPv6.

Introductory as well as advanced material for IPv6 may be found at 6DEPLOY-2. This material is prepared within the framework of the 6DEPLOY-2 project and can be freely used for non-commercial purposes, provided the 6DEPLOY-2 project is credited.

For a quick introduction to IPv6 you may see a 5-minutes video while e-learning material is available on 6DEPLOY-2  in several languages.

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