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High Performance Computing Modernization Program

(NOTE: For tools to help troubleshoot Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) network behavior or network services (such as web, mail, DNS, DNSSEC, NTP, or XMPP), see the IPv6 Troubleshooting article in the Network Management section.)

Formal Network Testing

The Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Federal CIO Council Architecture and Infrastructure Committee provided this Demonstration Plan for Federal agencies defining what was required to document compliance with the OMB IPv6 guidelines. Products from some of the commercial testing service and equipment providers and open source testing software developers mentioned at the end of the Testing topic in the SDN Lessons Learned Collection article in the SDN Knowledge Base can be used to conduct network testing and document results.

Formal Network Testing Results

Here are some early tests results from an inter-agency test among the Veterans Affairs (VA), the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), the Social Security Administration (SSA), the National Institute for Standards and Technology (NIST), and the General Services Administration (GSA). This is the VA test plan. The IRS had previously performed a network compliance test on September 8, 2007, and reported the results in greater detail in slides 31-40 of their G.E.E.K.V.6 Day document. The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) Advanced Network Technologies Division (ANTD) established a Deployment Status website in 2010 summarizing the progress many industry, university, and United States Federal government organizations have made in deploying IPv6 on their public-facing websites and services (and by inference on at least some portions of their networks). Another website summarizing of the progress many organizations have made in deploying IPv6 that first appeared in 2007 is available here.

Informal Network Testing Results

A 24-hour world-wide test of IPv6 was held on 8 June 2011, called World IPv6 Day. Results of that test are documented here. An on-going world-wide demonstration of IPv6 began on 6 June 2012, called World IPv6 Launch. Participants in and measurements of the results are documented here.

Several organizations have deployed test networks on their premises and documented their results. See the IPv6-only test network setup topic in the IPv6 Test Techniques article in the Testing section.

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