Evaluating IPv4 to IPv6 transition mechanisms

Ioan Raicu, Sherali Zeadally

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The next-generation Internet Protocol, initially known as IP Next Generation (Ipng), and then later as IPv6, has been developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to replace the current Internet Protocol (also known as IPv4). To enable the integration of IPv6 into current networks, several transition mechanisms have been proposed by the IETF IPng Transition Working Group. This work examines and empirically evaluates two transition mechanisms, namely 6-over-4, and IPv6 in IPv4 tunneling, as they relate to the performance of IPv6. We explore the impact of these approaches on end-to-end user application performance using metrics such as throughput, latency, host CPU utilization, TCP connection time, and the number of TCP connections per second that a client can establish with a remote server. All experiments were conducted using two dual stack (IPv4/IPv6) routers and two end-stations running Windows 2000, loaded with a dual IPv4/IPv6 stack.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication10th International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2003
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)0780376617, 9780780376618
StatePublished - 2003
Event10th International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2003 - Papeete, Tahiti, French Polynesia
Duration: Feb 23 2003Mar 1 2003

Publication series

Name10th International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2003


Conference10th International Conference on Telecommunications, ICT 2003
Country/TerritoryFrench Polynesia
CityPapeete, Tahiti

Bibliographical note

Publisher Copyright:
©2003 IEEE.


  • 6-over-4
  • Encapsulation
  • IPv4
  • IPv6
  • Performance evaluation
  • Tunneling

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Computer Networks and Communications
  • Signal Processing
  • Computer Science Applications


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