|For Immediate Release
Cybera joins Canada’s advanced networks to promote World IPv6 Day
Enabling IPv6 for research and education across Canada
Calgary, AB (June 8, 2011) – Canada’s advanced research and education (R&E) networks are leading the way in helping their users adopt the next-generation Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6), and are promoting World IPv6 Day to raise awareness of the need to transition to IPv6.
Today, Cybera and Canada’s other advanced R&E networks – CANARIE, ACORN-NS, ACORN-NL, Aurora College, BCNET, MRNet, University of New Brunswick, ORION, University of PEI, RISQ, SRnet, and Yukon College – join Google, Facebook, Yahoo! and others in raising awareness on World IPv6 Day of the urgency to transition from Internet Protocol version 4 (IPv4).
Sponsored by the Internet Society, World IPv6 Day was established to motivate organizations across the industry – including Internet service providers, hardware makers, operating system vendors and web companies – to prepare their products and services for IPv6 to ensure a successful transition as IPv4 addresses run out. Anyone interested in finding out if their system is IPv6 compliant can visit Cybera's website, where a pop-up screen will inform you if you are connected via IPv6.
"This is an important step for gaining acceptance of IPv6, and aligning the world’s IT with the latest protocols," notes Jean-Francois Amiot, Cybera’s Technical Operations Manager. "Right now, IPv6 is a lonely place – it would be good to get more systems signed on."
Without IPv6 functionality, Canadian researchers involved in international research collaboration projects will find themselves unable to access data or collaborate with their peers around the world who are IPv6-enabled. This is particularly true with leading IPv6-enabled countries like China and South Korea. The issue will become increasingly urgent in the next year, as more and more websites and online resources and applications are only available in the IPv6 space.
Therefore, it is essential that Canada’s research and education institutions migrate to IPv6, so that participation in international research collaborations is not interrupted.
IPv4 addresses, which connect computers and other devices to the Internet, are widely expected to run out by 2012. In some regions, this has already happened. IPv6 addresses this issue, which is growing in part due to the proliferation of “connected” devices – cell phones, cars, appliances, watches, even refrigerators – that require an IP address. IPv6 provides greater IP addressing capacity – more than 4 billion times more addresses than IPv4 – and it enhances security.
Internet users will not need to do anything differently on World IPv6 Day. Web services, Internet service providers, and operating system manufacturers will be updating their systems to ensure Internet users enjoy uninterrupted service. Participating websites will not switch from IPv4 to IPv6; they will enable IPv6 in addition to IPv4.
Cybera officially switched its CyberaNet network over to IPv6 in March 2011. Due to the limited number of IPv4 addresses available, Cybera had been using 253 addresses loaned to it by the University of Calgary. With IPv6, Cybera now has an additional 300 septillion (3 x 1026) IP addresses – more than the entire world’s collection of IPv4 addresses. While that number seems boundless, the supply of these addresses is intended to last “forever”, much like the original intent behind IPv4. In the short-term, as Cybera works with partners to spur and support innovation using cyberinfrastructure, all new project web portals and online applications will be IPv6-compatible.
The CANARIE Network has been IPv6-enabled since 2000, and has championed efforts to transition Canada’s provincial and territorial research and education networks to the IPv6 platform. Over the past several months CANARIE has led an IPv6 working group whose objectives are to help Canadian universities and other institutions move towards IPv6 readiness and to promote and to support IPv6 awareness and training. CANARIE has also provided funding to its provincial network partners to complete their deployment plans, and conducted a series of 10 webinars on the technical requirements of the transition. The webinars have been recorded and are available as an ongoing resource. Contact CANARIE for more information.
Communications Officer, Cybera
Cybera is a not-for-profit organization that works to spur and support innovation, for the economic benefit of Alberta, through the use of cyberinfrastructure. Cybera collaborates with public and private partners to accelerate research and product development in priority areas such as health, energy, environment, and emerging technologies. Cybera operates CyberaNet, a high-speed high-bandwidth advanced network in Alberta, and provides project management services to WestGrid, a consortium that provides advanced computing in support of research across Canada. For more information, please visit here.
About Canada’s Advanced Network Alliance
Canada’s advanced network alliance is a community of advanced networks offering ultra-high-speed, fibre optic connectivity that links researchers, educators and innovators to each other and to data and tools across the country and around the world. These advanced networks enable secure, lightning-fast transmission of high-volume data sets (like DNA sequences), tools (like videoconferencing), and analyses (like climate models) that could not be transmitted over a commercial Internet without interfering with other users. Canada’s advanced network alliance is made up of all of the provincial, territorial and national networks for research and education. Learn more at the alliance's blog.
CANARIE Inc. is Canada’s Advanced Research and Innovation Network. Established in 1993, CANARIE manages an ultra high-speed network that supports leading-edge research and big science across Canada and around the world. One million researchers, scientists and students at over 1,100 Canadian institutions, including universities, colleges, research institutes, hospitals, and government laboratories have access to the CANARIE Network. Together with 12 provincial and territorial advanced network partners, CANARIE enables researchers to share and analyze massive amounts of data, like climate models, satellite images, and DNA sequences that can lead to groundbreaking scientific discoveries. CANARIE is a non-profit corporation supported by membership fees, with the major investment in its programs and activities provided by the Government of Canada. CANARIE keeps Canada at the forefront of digital research and innovation, fundamental to a vibrant digital economy. For additional information, please visit here.