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High Performance Computing Modernization Program

The authoritative source for technical standards related to Internet Protocols (IP), both IP version 4 (IPv4) and IPv6, is embodied in a set of Request for Comments (RFC) documents produced by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other internet standards organizations operating under the auspices of the Internet SOCiety (ISOC). The IETF maintains a website of the technical reference documents for both IPv4 and IPv6. In addition to these standards organizations based in the United States, there are a number of international networking standards organizations. One international organization not mentioned by the latter reference is the European Association for Standardizing Information and Communication Systems (ECMA). The Réseaux IP Européens (RIPE) Network Coordination Centre (NCC) is one of five Regional Internet Registries (RIRs). It maintains a web page of policy standards followed by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) and the RIRs. Policy standards on the RIPE NCC web page which contain the word RIPE in the title apply only to the RIPE NCC RIR while policy standards on that web page that do not contain the word RIPE in the title apply to the IANA, the RIPE NCC RIR and the other RIRs.

The Broadband Forum, which is an organization encompassing a wide range of Digital Subscriber Line- (DSL), Asynchronous DSL- (ADSL), and Internet Protocol/Multi-Protocol Label Switching- (IP/MPLS) networking devices, maintains IPv6-related technical reports here. In particular, see Technical Reports (TR) TR-124 Issue 2, TR-177, TR-181 Issue 2 Amendment 2, and TR-187 comprising BroadbandSuite 4.0 release, March, 2011 (also referred to as the IPv6 Toolkit, according to this press release).

The Assistant Secretary of Defense (Networks and Information Integration)/DoD Chief Information Officer issued a DoD IPv6 Standard Profiles For IPv6 Capable Products Version 6.0 in July, 2011. This document identifies those IPv6 technical standards published by the IETF (see above) that are applicable for equipment purchased by the Department of Defense. About three years before that, the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST) issued Special Publication 500-267 A Profile for IPv6 in the U.S. Government – Version 1.0, July, 2008, which identifies those IPv6 standards that are applicable for equipment purchased by non-DoD Federal Organizations. Expanding on the DoD and NIST profiles, Veterans Affairs adds device classes for applications and services to their IPv6 & USGv6 Compliance Test Capability draft document. In addition to the DoD and NIST profiles, other requirements for purchases made by various U.S Government organizations are described in the Boiler Plate Acquisitions Language article in the Deployment section.

The RIPE NCC IPv6 Working Group issued an updated Requirements For IPv6 in ICT Equipment RIPE-554 document in June, 2012. It identifies IPv6 technical standards that are applicable for equipment purchased by European public sector and large enterprise network operators.

Operating under the auspices of the Aeronautical Radio, Incorporated (ARINC) Industry Activities (IA) within the broader SAE Industry Technologies Consortia (originally the Society of Automotive Engineers), the Airlines Electronic Engineering Committee (AEEC) began developing an Internet Protocol Suite (IPS) for Aeronautical Safety Service in Sept, 2015. The IPS will be based on the International Civil Aeronautical Organization (ICAO) Aeronautical Telecommunications Network (ATN) Manual for the ATN using IPS Standards and Protocols (Doc 9896) and prevalent commercial IP networking technology (for example, IPv6).

The IPv6 Knowledge Base contains a very limited amount of tutorial information about the IPv6 protocol, but it does provide pointers to such information. See the IPv6 Training and Learning article under the Deployment section.