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Monitoring World IPv6 Day


On 8 June, 2011, Google, Facebook, Yahoo!, Akamai and Limelight Networks will be amongst some of the major organisations that will offer their content over IPv6 for a 24-hour “test flight”. The goal of the Test Flight Day is to motivate organizations across the industry – Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out

For more information: The Internet Society and World IPv6 Day

Internet Society is taking the lead with their Participants Dashboard. A number of other organizations are providing various monitoring support, from End User Checks to DNS Health checks. You can find a complete listing at the Internet Society’s website.

Arbor Networks is providing traffic monitoring support and our goal is to collect Internet-wide IPv6 measurements and help to isolate any performance problems.

We did an initial analysis of IPv6 traffic for the 48 hours leading up to the start of IPv6 day, in order to better understand the impact of IPv6 day on IPv6 usage. This data is based on six Internet service providers who are capable of carrying both native and tunneled IPv6 traffic, and who have deployed fully IPV6-capable routers at their peering edges which can export traffic statistics for IPv6 traffic. These providers’ IPv6 traffic was analyzed for our recent “Six Months, Six Providers and IPv6″ study available at

Current levels of IPv6 traffic, both tunneled and native, look similar to the levels observed during the earlier study which ended 2 months ago. Throughout the day, Arbor will be monitoring and updating the following charts:

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