North American IPv6 Summit 2014

Hello everyone,

I know I am a bit late with this post, but I was speaking on the North American IPv6 Summit in Denver three weeks ago. The focus of my talk was on Why IPv6 Security is hard – Structural Deficits of IPv6 & Their Implications (slightly modified/updated from the Troopers IPv6 Security Summit).  We consider the NA IPv6 Summit as one of the most important IPv6 events at all and we were happy to contribute to the overall success. The conference was organized for the 7th time by the Rocky Mountain IPv6 Task Force and took place in the Grand Hyatt Denver (37th floor ;-)). Luckily the weather was perfect, and the view of the landscape from the conference rooms was just amazing. I really enjoyed the time in Denver, as the organizer sdid all they could to treat the speaker well J. The talks were of mix of regular research or case-study type talks and some sponsored talks ranging from deployment experience, security and statistics to SDN (Yes, I said it ;)) and the Internet of Things (I said it again ;)). The line-up was nicely put together.

The conference began with a keynote from Tom Coffeen of Infoblox on IPv6 Has Arrived! So Where Are We and What’s Next? Not groundbreaking but still a very nice summary on what we have to expect in the next couple of years dealing with IPv6.

After the first coffee break, the conference continued with Sara Bavarian and Tony Mauro on Success and Future of IPv6 from an Electrical Utility Perspective. I must say this was one of my favorite talks of the conference, as it both highlighted on a technical level how they want to proceed with IPv6 in the Electrical space to connect all Smart Meters and what security measures they had implemented to secure the environment. Apparently (at least from the slides) they take security very serious which is of course a good thing 😉 Followed by that presentation Alain Fiocco from Cisco presented about the newest updates on IPv6 Measurements and Forecasts from the 6labs. Germany made it to the 3rd position behind Belgium and Switzerland in regards to IPv6 adoption (which is fine as long as we are ahead of them in football ;)).

Unfortunately, this were all presentations I could attend on the first day, as my body is just not used to the american way of air conditioning, which resulted in a pretty nasty cold :/.

The second day started with a keynote from Richard Jimmerson,  CIO of ARIN about 15 Years of IPv6. Nice talk and summary about the last 15 years with IPv6. After that I did my final preparation for my presentation, which was the last one of the conference, but I was positively surprised  and happy that many folks stayed at the conference to hear what I had to say 🙂

Besides the talks of the conference, the thing I value the most was meeting new people in the IPv6 world and having a chat about the protocol we are all so passionate about. All in all the event was a great success and I will be definitely back next year. If you happen to be “around the corner” and are interested in IPv6, you shouldn’t miss the opportunity to attend (or even speak) on the North American IPv6 Summit.

Last but not least a huge thanks to the organizers: Dan, Chuck, Scott, Karen, Terry and all other staff members whom I may have forgotten. You guys rock! And thanks for the good conversations to all the people I met during the the conference, especially: Tim, Jeff and Joe. Hope to see you soon again.

I wish you all a good start in the week.



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