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Connections 2022 - IPv6 Track

Updated: Apr 5, 2022

India Internet Engineering Society (IIESoc) & Industry Network Technology Council (INTC) will be organizing the 5th iteration of Connections as a joint India-US fully online event on April 2-8 2022.

Register - HERE

The timing of the event would be 19:30 India, 14:00 UTC, 10:00 ET, 07:00 PT for 2.5 hours each day.

Day 2 (Tuesday, 5th April) would be the IPv6 track -

Introduction to IPv6 Extension Headers by Nalini Elkins

IPv6 Extension Headers are an important (controversial) of the IPv6 protocol. In this introductory session to Extension Headers, we will learn:

- What are the frequently-used Extension Headers?

- What is the basic architecture?

- How are they used?

- What is the nature of the controversy surrounding them?

Nalini Elkins is the founder and CEO of Inside Products (a high-tech software company developing network management and diagnostics products) and the President and co-founder of Industry Network Technology Council (a non-profit consortium of industry, government, and academia).

Nalini specializes in protocol analysis, development, and engineering. Her specialties include performance management on wide-area broadband networks, IPv6, and network security. Her software products have been OEMed by IBM and other large software vendors. Nalini is the co-author of RFC8250 (Embedded Performance Diagnostics and Monitoring (PDM) for IPv6) and other RFCs produced by the IETF. She has taught networking and protocol classes to Fortune 500 level companies globally.

An Update on IPv6 Fragmentation by Geoff Huston

We designed IPv6 with the intention of changing as little as possible from IPv4. Yes, the address fields were expanded, but little else changed. There were, however, two other changes in the IPv6 protocol that is were substantive: the re-formatting of the Options field into optional Extension Headers, and the re-casting of IPv6 packet fragmentation controls as an Extension Header. How are networks and hosts coping with these changes? This presentation will explore the reliability of IPv6 Fragmentation and Extension Headers in today's IPv6 Internet through a very large-scale measurement program.

Geoff is the Chief Scientist at APNIC, and he performs a range broad based measurement activities to inform the community on aspects of IPv6 deployment, routing behaviours, and network resilience and security. He is an active participant in the IETF and has authored some 44 RFCs. He has been involved in the Internet since the late 80’s and prior to the APNIC worked in operations engineering for a major Australian ISP. He is a mathematician by education, a software engineer by profession, and an amateur economic historian by inclination.

Panel discussion on IPv6 Extension Headers

The panel brings together leading industry veterans to discuss and debate IPv6 extension headers.

Éric Vyncke (Moderator) is an Area Director for the Internet Area of the IETF. He currently works at Cisco in the Emerging Technology & Innovation group where he focuses on standards, IPv6, telemetry, and security. He joined Cisco in 1997. Éric is also the co-chair of the Belgian IPv6 Council since 2012. His previous work at the IETF was around IPv6, and the information model, he is also the co-author of two network security books about layer-2 and IPv6. Finally, Éric is an associated professor at the University of Liège, Belgium, where he graduated with an M.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering in 1983. When not reading internet drafts, Eric enjoys flying Cessna planes and gardening in his garden in Belgium.

Ron Bonica is a Distinguished Engineer at Juniper Networks, specializing in IPv6 and Segment Routing. He is active in the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), having authored or co-authored twenty RFC documents and served three two-year terms as co-director of the IETF Operations and Management Area. Ron currently co-chairs the IETF V6OPS and OPSEC Working Groups. Prior to joining Juniper Networks, Ron was employed by a major Internet Service Provider and operated an Layer 3 Virtual Private Network for U.S. Government customers.

Michael Ackermann is the lead Network Engineer of the System Management and Monitoring Team, at Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. He is responsible for all aspects of planning, engineering, deployment and administration for all enterprise wide Management, Monitoring and Diagnostic activities. Mike also serves as a chief architect for all Plan related IT issues. He has been a member of the BluesNet and Network Advisory Group committees since their inception and has served as committee and subcommittee chair on numerous occasions. Mike has also been a member of several advisory boards and is currently active in the IETF.

Darren Dukes is a Principal Engineer at Cisco Systems where he designs and build solutions across Cisco’s enterprise and service provider routing platforms and enterprise switching platforms. His current focus is on Segment Routing (SRv6 and SR MPLS) software and their implementation, as well as building the next generation of routing and switching software stacks for Cisco’s enterprise networking portfolio. Darren is active within the IETF, most recently concentrating on the SRv6 base document set including RFC8754, describing the Segment Routing Header (SRH) which is used by all other SRv6 specifications. In his 25+ year career Darren has built solutions at all levels of the routing stack from drivers to the forwarding and control plane. Darren is particularly interested in creating simple solutions in complex problem spaces.

Justin Iurman is a research fellow, teaching assistant and PhD student at the University of Liege in Belgium. He is passionate about network engineering and protocols in general, and about all other areas of computing too, whether high or low level. He also likes challenges where you have to surpass yourself. For his PhD thesis, he is mainly working on new measurement techniques such as In-situ OAM (IOAM), for which he is the author of the IPv6 implementation in the Linux kernel. Justin is active in the IETF since 2019, first as an implementer providing feedback to authors, and now as an author himself on different kinds of things.

Fernando Gont is Director of Information Security at EdgeUno. Gont has worked on a number of projects for the UK National Infrastructure Security Co-ordination Centre (NISCC) and the UK Centre for the Protection of National Infrastructure (CPNI) in the field of communications protocols security. As part of his work for these organizations, he has written a series of documents with recommendations for network engineers and implementors of the TCP/IP protocol suite, and has performed the first thorough security assessment of the IPv6 protocol suite. He has been active in several working groups of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), where he has led many improvements to the IPv6 protocol suite, and has published 36 IETF RFCs (Request For Comments). Gont has also developed the SI6 Network's IPv6 Toolkit -- a free, portable and comprehensive security asessment toolkit for the IPv6 protocol suite. Gont has been a speaker at a number of conferences and technical meetings about information security, operating systems, and Internet engineering, including: CanSecWest 2005, FIRST Technical Colloquium 2005, Kernel Conference Australia 2009, DEEPSEC 2009, HACK.LU 2011, DEEPSEC 2011, Hackito Ergo Sum 2012, German IPv6 Kongress 2014, H2HC 2017, Positive Hack Days 8, Hack In Paris 2018, and Troopers 2018. Additionally, he is a regular attendee of the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) meetings. More information about Fernando Gont is available at his personal web site: <>.

Full schedule HERE with abstract and speaker information.

On behalf of the program committee, we would like you to welcome to our annual event and hope to see you participate on all days!

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