Introduction

The continued evolution and operation of the Internet as a truly global asset faces multiple challenges: impending exhaustion of the global IPv4 address space, new operating systems and applications, next generation infrastructures, and demand for always-on connectivity for a growing variety of devices. The requirements of a new Internet, the pressure generated by the lack of resources for the existing one, and government mandates are just a few drivers for the soaring interest in IPv6 and the demand for information related to the protocol. The technological aspects of the next generation Internet protocol have been diligently covered through a wide range of publications. Considering, the potential implications of early versus late ...

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