Chapter 11. Network Performance Considerations: Coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6

Years of innovation and work to continuously improve various transport technologies and network elements led operators to have high expectations of their networks. Although richness of supported features can differentiate networking equipment, high performance is expected by default. Nothing short of line-rate forwarding of raw traffic is expected for most high-speed interfaces of high-end routers and switches.

During the initial phases of its development, IPv6 was viewed as a mere feature, something new to play with and evaluate. Its implementation in software enabled router vendors to stay on the fast track of integrating the recommendations churned out by the standardization ...

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