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IPv6 traffic numbers [was: Re: OT - Vint Cerf joins Google]
- From: Simon Leinen
- Date: Mon Sep 12 10:00:27 2005
[CC'ing Stanislav Shalunov, who does the Internet2 weekly reports.]
Marshall Eubanks writes, in response to Jordi's "8% IPv6" anecdote:
> These estimates seem way high and need support. Here is a counter-example.
While I'm also skeptical about the representativeness of Jordi's
estimates, this is a bad counterexample (see below about why):
> Netflow on Internet 2 for last week
> has 6.299 Gigabytes being sent by IPv6, out of a total 383.2
> Terabytes, or 0.0016% This is backbone traffic, and would not catch
> intra-Campus traffic, nor would it catch tunnel or VPN traffic,
Wrong. What you see here is ONLY tunnel traffic, because the number
is for IPv6-in-IPv4 (IP protocol 41) traffic.
Netflow for IPv6 isn't widely used yet. Our own equipment doesn't
support it, and I don't think the Junipers used in Abilene do, either
(someone please correct me if I'm wrong).
> but it is suggestive.
Yes, but it's also irrelevant, because Abilene has native IPv6, so
there is little incentive for sending IPv6 tunneled in IPv4.
> According to the graph
> the most I2 IPv6 traffic was in 2002, when it was almost 0.6% of the total.
I would assume that that was before IPv6 went native on Abilene.
> It is hard for me to imagine that the situation for commerical US
> traffic is much different.
I'm sure there's less
> There may be similar statistics for Geant - I would be interested to
> see them.
I'll look up the GEANT numbers in a minute, stay tuned.