Press Release

IPv6 mobility experimental operation service launched using Mobile IPv6 technology

WIDE Project

WIDE Project (Representative: Prof. Jun Murai, Vice President and Professor of Faculty of Environmental Information at Keio University) and University Louis Pasteur (France), members of the Nautilus6 Project, will launch the Mobile IPv6 home agent experimental operation service on 1st April 2007 to accelerate the deployment of Mobile IPv6, a technology that will form the base for next generation IPv6 mobility technologies and to gain experience in its operation.

Mobile IPv6 is an extension to the IPv6 protocol to add mobility functions. The IPv6 terminal that implements Mobile IPv6 can use fixed IPv6 addresses to communicate with other IPv6 nodes, regardless of its point of attachment to the Internet. This technology is useful when the terminal has several network interfaces (for example, wired LAN, wireless LAN, WiMax, and so on) and utilizes these interfaces by switching them seamlessly. This technology is expected to be used as a communication technology for next generation mobile phones and mobile devices.

Mobile IPv6 requires a service host that must be placed in the Internet to support moving terminals. This requirement was one of the hurdles in using the technology. The experimental home agent service is intended to overcome this hurdle and to provide the service to the large number of people wishing to use Mobile IPv6.

Users can connect their mobile terminals that support Mobile IPv6 protocol to the experimental home agent service. The SHISA Project and the GO-CORE/USAGI Project are providing open source Mobile IPv6 software for BSD operating systems and Linux operating systems respectively. The users can take advantage of mobility featres using such Mobile IPv6 client software and the home agent service.

WIDE Project and University Louis Pasteur developed a web based user interface software 'HAiku' making it easier to manage the home agent software to start the experimental home agent service. The software will be published as open source software. University Louis Pasteur is now preparing the same kind of service in France to provide the service to French students/researchers and WIDE Project members. ENST Bretagne, one of the Nautilus6 project members, is also offering the service to students/researchers.

By publishing the software 'HAiku' as open source software, we expect wider deployment of the same kind of home agent service by many other different service providers. The experimental service will continue until the end of March 2008. The WIDE Project will continuously make efforts to research, develop and deploy IPv6 mobility technologies in order to help the next generation mobile Internet.

[Experimental home agent operation]

[Mobile IPv6 for BSD/Linux]
SHISA: http://www.mobileip.jp/
MIPL: http://www.mobile-ipv6.org/

- WIDE Project
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. Represented by Vice President of Keio University and Prof. of the Faculty of Environmental Information, Jun Murai, over 100 corporations and 40 universities are currently involved in the WIDE Project, partaking in a wide array of research and development activities concerning technologies of the next generation Internet.

- University Louis Pasteur
Louis Pasteur University (Strasbourg I) is a scientific, cultural and professional public institution which enjoys legal status and educational, scientific, administrative and financial autonomy. A European scientific, technological and medical university, ULP is known for the quality and wide diversity of its courses, for the excellence of its research, and for its dynamic policy of openness to its environment. Located on four major campuses in the Regional Municipality of Strasbourg - France, ULP has more than 18,000 students, 1,400 teacher-cum-researchers, 1,700 engineers, technicians, workers and administrative staff distributed within 18 components (educational and research units, schools, engineering schools and institutes), 14 research federations consisting of 74 research units (of which 44 are related to CNRS, 10 related to INSERM, and one related to INRA), 30 general services consisting of 13 central services and 17 common university and inter-university services.

- Nautilus6 Project
A consortium established in 2003 to research, develop and deploy IPv6 mobility technologies. The project members are the WIDE Project, University Louis Pasteur (France), ENST Bretagne (France), INT (France), INRIA (France), France Telecom R&D (France).

- SHISA Project
SHISA Project researches and develops IPv6 mobility technologies. The project implements protocol stack on BSD operating systems to verify specifications and prove validity. The output is distributed as open source software.

- GO-CORE Project
GO-CORE researches mobility management in heterogeneous IPv6 networks. The project developed Mobile IPv6 stack in collaboration with the USAGI Project. The software is provides as open source software.

- USAGI Project
The USAGI Project researches and develops IPv6 technologies. The project implements the actual protocol stack on Linux operating systems to verify and prove the protocol validity. The output of the project will be merged to the original Linux development tree.

- Mobile IPv6
An extension to add mobility functions to IPv6. An IPv6 terminal equipped with Mobile IPv6 functions can use fixed IPv6 addresses to communicate with other nodes regardless of its point of attachment to the Internet.

- Home Agent
A support server of a mobile node located in the home network of the mobile node that will provide the fixed IPv6 address mandatory to keep connections alive when the node is moving on the Internet. The Home Agent knows the current location of all the managed nodes and can thus deliver the traffic destined to the fixed IPv6 address to the corresponding node.

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