WIDE project and French R&D members start collaboration in order to encourage IPv6 multicast deployment in the Internet. In this collaboration, we establish and maintain IPv6 multicast backbone between France and Japan, provide connectivity to the world-wide M6Bone, and promote feasible and interesting IP multicast applications and services to various users and the Internet communities.
Since various things, like protocol analysis, application development, and demonstration, on top of M6Bone will contribute to IPv6 multicast deployment, sharing technical interests and discussing relative topics among all the members are also important task of this collaboration.
IP multicast is an indispensable technology especially in IPv6 communication environment. WIDE project and French R&D members (from Renater, INRIA, LIP6, etc.) have decided to start collaboration in order to encourage IPv6 multicast deployment in the Internet. The first step of this collaboration is to establish IPv6 multicast connectivity between France and Japan and connect it to the world-wide M6Bone. This effort will increase our operational experiences -- by configuring routing protocols (i.e. PIM-SM and MBGP) and corresponding functions (e.g. Embedded-RP) -- and give the protocol analysis including traffic and performance measurement for its smooth deployment. We will then work on deploying new services over IPv6 multicast and investigate any missing component so that its massive usage can be done.
In order to improve our technical backgrounds and achieve a greater effect, sharing technical information among all the collaboration members is highly beneficial. Discussing potential research topics and corresponding ideas in the dedicate mailing-list is therefore the important task of this collaboration. Furthermore, protocol or application development and its evaluation contribute to the IPv6 multicast deployment. Promoting our deliverables (i.e. papers, reports, softwares, services, businesses, and so on) to the Internet communities will then prove that this collaboration is a success. Since M6Bone is used in our network infrastructure, we mainly focus IPv6 multicast but discussion related to IPv4 multicast is also appreciated.
All the discussions in this collaboration are categorized into the "Topic", and the Topic will be comprised of three phases: "Design", "Development", and "Demonstration". This strategy aims that the members share the information for the same topic, move forward together, and then establish a multilateral solution, while the approaches or interests are different among the the collaboration members who consist of researchers, operators, engineers, and managers. Our technical aspects, interests, and approaches could be various, and a huge variety of opinions and discussions may be raised in this collaboration.Topic:One important point here is that these phases can be accomplished in parallel, not sequentially. The members may want to participate in the discussion of all phases or only one or two of them.
(Design) protocol/application design and analysis
(Development) Implementation and development
(Demonstration) Tests, demos, and promotions
We do not limit to the topic or approach we discuss and study for the IP multicast deployment; when the members want to start discussing new working topic that is not mentioned in the charter, they can add it to the charter and start the discussion with other members if it will become the driving force.
Our initial goal is to focus the following fundamental topics, which could contribute to promote future IP multicast services on the Internet:Main topics:and their congruent topics are:Topic 1: Configuration and maintenance of the M6Bone between France and Japan
Topic 2: Experimental high quality IPv6 multicast contents streaming between FR and JP (or on the entire M6Bone)
Routing and infrastructure related topics:Topic 3: Analysis of statistical data given by this experience (like comparing with SSM vs. Embedded-RP based network)Application and service development topics:
Topic 4: New multicast session (channel) information distribution system (which could be Channel Reflector)
Topic 5: Monitoring tools development and multicast traffic analysis
Topic 6: Development of SSM applications that work on a heterogeneous environment (very high speed network, wireless network, etc.)Consumer related topics:
Topic 7: Multicast over ipv6-over-ipv4 dynamic tunneling (tunnel-broker) (including the discussion whether AMT becomes the candidate or not)
Our initial motivation of this collaboration had brought by WIDE project and French R&D members and our topics discussed with the members may depend on our network infrastructure between Japan and France; nevertheless membership of this collaboration is open to all those who are interested in this charter.
Currently there is no milestone or deadline, while it may be set up after this collaboration goes on line.
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