November 7, 2005
KAME Project Manifest for Completion
R&D for IPv6:The new stage focused on Operations and Applications
Representative: Jun Murai
The KAME Project (Representative: Prof. Jun Murai, Keio University) launched in 1998 concentrating on the research and development of IPv6 technologies, has succeeded in the global standardization of the basic specifications and in establishing the framework required for commercial marketing of IPv6 technologies. Having achieved its initial objectives, the WIDE Project has called a stop to the activities of the KAME Project and will now focus on strategic research and development activities to further enhance IPv6 technologies and development applications for new areas.
The KAME Project, a joint industry and academia research initiative launched in April 1998, has formed the essence of the WIDE Project’s research and development activities into IPv6 technologies. The KAME Project was established with the aim of incorporating BSD UNIX reference software (Note 1) into the next generation Internet, assuming a similar role as that of the CSRG (Computer Systems Research Group) of the University of California, Berkeley in incorporating and leading to its wide adoption in the global Internet. The KAME Project conducted research and development of IPv6 protocol stacks (Note 2) on BSD UNIX and has actively participated in the activities of the IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force), an organization concerned with the global standardization of Internet technologies.
The reference software developed by the KAME Project for IPv6 protocol stacks for BSD UNIX has been released as open software and as a result has come to be widely used by academic communities both inside and outside of Japan and industrial circles. Numerous R&D organizations and corporations are also using it as a shared software base, making possible the research and development of network and computing equipment. This has resulted in; (1) increased efficiency in R&D activities as it is no longer necessary to research and develop identical protocol stacks separately, (2) enhanced interconnectivity and, (3) as the source codes have been released, has contributed to the efficient nurturing of software engineers for which it has gained global accolades.
At present, with the completion of global standardization of the basic IPv6 specifications by the IETF, (Note 3) implementation projects are underway including one by the government of the United States to incorporate IPv6 into the government network by June 2008 and the CNGI (China Nest Generation Internet) project in China, IPV6 technologies have entered into the phases of practical use on an international level. The KAME Project, in recognition of the significant contribution it has made in increasing the efficiency of research and development of IPv6-based computer equipment networks and its wide spread deployment was awarded with a group award from the Minister of Internal Affairs and Communications in 2002.
Having achieved its objectives, the WIDE Project has concluded the activities of the KAME Project and is now concentrating on the strategic repositioning of the project members to focus on strategic research and development activities to further enhance IPv6 technologies and development applications for new areas. A particular focus is to be placed on practical and integrated research and development into network architecture, operating systems and middle ware and applications for areas including mobile ad hoc networking, sensor networking and architecture for end user security to contribute towards the development of further enhanced and advanced IPv6 technologies.
(Note 1) BSD UNIX and Reference Software
BSD UNIX is a multi-user, multi-task or in other words “UNIX” computer operating system (OS) developed by the CSRG (Computer Systems Research Group) of the University of California, Berkeley. It incorporates TCP/IP protocol stacks*, data transmission protocol that is widely used on the Internet today. This software is widely released as open software and was widely shared and used as an industry standard (de facto standard) in the construction of and research and development activities into computer networks (the Internet) that ran off UNIX. This de facto standard software is known as “Reference Software”.
- WIDE Project: http://www.wide.ad.jp/
WIDE, (Widely Integrated Distributed Environment) established in 1988 is a joint industry, government and academia research consortium that promotes the research and development of Internet technologies. Over 100 corporations and 40 universities are currently involved in the WIDE Project, partaking in a wide array of research and development activities concerning the next generation Internet technologies.
- KAME Project: http://www.kame.net/
The KAME Project is a joint industry and academia research project launched in April 1998 by 13 organizations including the WIDE Project, (Representative: Prof. Jun Murai, Keio University), Internet Initiative Japan, Yokogawa Electric Corporation, Hitachi and the University of Tokyo in order to promote the deployment of the next generation Internet protocol, IPv6 (IP version 6). The projects research and development activities have been undertaken primarily by researches from the following organizations.
ALAXALA Networks Corporation (http://www.alaxala.com/)
Fujitsu Limited (http://jp.fujitsu.com/)
Hitachi, Ltd. (http://www.hitachi.co.jp/)
Internet Initiative Japan Inc. (http://www.iij.ad.jp/)
Keio University (http://www.keio.ac.jp/index-en.html)
NEC Corporation (http://www.nec.co.jp/)
The University of Tokyo (http://www.u-tokyo.ac.jp/)
Toshiba Corporation (http://www.toshiba.co.jp/)
Yokogawa Electric Corporation (http://www.yokogawa.co.jp/)
- IPv6 Technologies
IPv6, the generic technologies of the next generation Internet will not only resolve the problem of address shortages currently experienced on IPv4 but will also provide the necessary features of an information platform to sustain our lifestyles and industrial activities.
- IETF (Internet Engineering Task Force): http://www.ietf.org/
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