6bone stands for “IPv6 backbone.” The 6bone is a test-bed network that was created in 1996 by the IETF next-generation transition from IPv4 to IPv6 (NGtrans) working group to validate the new standards related to the IPv6 protocol. Another goal of the 6bone was to test the IPv6 implementations and network services to provide feedback to developers and protocol designers. Then, the 6bone was used to validate operational procedures and test transition and coexistence mechanisms.

The 6bone is informally operated by the IETF NGtrans working group, and it is managed on a collaborative, best-effort basis by its worldwide users. In 2002 (based on the 6bone registry database), more than 1100 sites located in 57 countries were connected to and participating ...

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