IMPROVEMENT OF OHIO UNIVERSITY COMPUTER NETWORKS WITH INTERNET PROTOCOL VERSION 6
This thesis demonstrates how Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) may be used to improve certain operational parameters of a large Internet site. The computer network at Ohio University is used as the practical application of IPv6. The thesis outlines the weaknesses that exist in the university network and practical solutions to eliminate those weaknesses. Extension of IP address space is easily accomplished with IPv6. An addressing hierarchy different from the one that exists in the university is introduced to improve management of the computer network and make efficient use of route aggregation capability of IPv6. The Domain Name System (DNS) service is considered to be a very important network service; hence, IPv6 DNS service was integrated with the production environment of the university. The thesis provides de-tailed demonstration of configuration of a multi-level infrastructure of DNS service. Use of IPv6 DNS allows better utilization of host autoconfiguration capability provided by IPv6, and contributes to the ease of networks renumbering. In this paper, we also perform analysis of IPv6 functionality available to the end-users on a variety of platforms. Finally, this thesis considers how other operational parameters of the computer network may be improved by application of a wider functionality offered by IPv6 to the computer networks at Ohio University.
School Location:USA - Ohio
Source Type:Master's Thesis
Keywords:ohio university computer networks internet protocol version 6
Date of Publication:01/01/2000