Internet Protocol Version 6

IPv6 general

IPV6 is a new 128-bit-addressing scheme to complement for a while, and after a couple of years completely replace the 32-bit-IP addresses version 4 that has been used for decades. Although already defined at the beginning of the nineties, the overdue broad application takes place only at present, because there are not enough old-scheme addresses to administrate the rapidly growing number of internet-enabled devices. In the Asian region, the last network segments have already been distributed and, by the end of the year, this will also happen in Europe.
In the future, new internet sites or corporate networks will only work with IPV6. To access these, all computers must at first master the new protocol (dual stack operation) as well. Modern operating systems have no problems with that. In many cases, however, the networks themselves – for example the domestic DSL router – are not appropriately configured for this protocol.

IPv6 at DESY

The extensive preliminary work at the DESY network has been started a long time ago and, as from May 2011, the first sub-netand works at DESY are fully IPV6-enabled. The previous tests were restricted to subnets of the IT group. An extension to other subnets will follow according to the requirements.

An information session for segment administrators is in preparation. As well, in future important information on the use of the IPv6 protocol can be found on this page.