IPv6 Address "Glue" added to the Root DNS Zone
Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers
(ICANN) recently announced that for the first time, an IPv6 nameserver address has been added to the Internet's root DNS zone. This next generation version of the Internet Protocol provides trillions more addresses than the IPv4 system that is in use by most networks today. By taking this significant step forward in the transition to IPv6, ICANN is supporting the innovations through which the Internet evolves to meet the growing needs of a global economy.
On 20 July 2004 at 18:33 UTC the IPv6 AAAA records for the Japan (
) and Korea (
country code Top Level Domain
(ccTLD) nameservers became visible in the root zone file with serial number 2004072000. It is expected that the IPv6 records for France (
) will be added shortly. Other requests are pending and will be added in accordance with documented procedure, which was developed through ICANN's unique multi-stakeholder consensus-based approach. See:
Recognizing the importance of IPv6 to the Internet community, ICANN has coordinated with its
Root Server System Advisory Committee
Top Level Domain
Security and Stability Advisory Committee
, and other interested parties in careful analysis of this issue. After a period of thorough examination, the decision was made to move forward with deployment of the IPv6 address records in the manner prescribed by the community.
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Formation of Asia Pacific ENUM Engineering Team
China Network Information Center
Japan Registry Service
Korea Network Information Center
Singapore Network Information Center
Taiwan Network Information Center
(TWNIC) recently announced the formation of the
Asia Pacific ENUM Engineering Team
(APEET), an informal technical project team formed to coordinate and synergize ENUM activities in the Asia Pacific region.
The proposal to form APEET was discussed during an ENUM BoF (Birds-of-a-Feather) session at the
Asia Pacific Regional Internet Conference on Operational Technologies
(APRICOT) in February 2004. Founding member organizations of APEET shared a common vision that as a collective group, they will be able to achieve greater community awareness and better interoperability of ENUM-based trials.
"ENUM allows IP devices to be assigned a telephone number which is globally interoperable," said James Seng, Chairman of APEET. "It is a key enabling technology for seamless IP Telephony that will greatly benefit the end-users."
Before the formation of APEET, each member organization has been conducting its own ENUM trials, most of which are isolated trials conducted within each member organization's country/region. With the formation of APEET, member organizations will be able to implement technical solutions that facilitate ENUM trials across Asia Pacific.
"We are extremely excited about the formation of this much needed organization," said Hiro Hotta, Director JPRS. "We are ready to bring ENUM trials to the next level."
One of APEET's key project is to implement a live ENUM trial at APRICOT 2005, Kyoto, Japan. The live trial will allow hundreds of APRICOT participants to experience IP Telephony using wireless SIP Phones and calling each another with standard 10-key telephone interface via ENUM. The live trial, believed to be the first of its kind, will serve to demonstrate and educate the technical community on the power, capabilities and feasibility of ENUM together with SIP.
"This looks like one of the most exciting events of 2005 with a demonstration of technologies to rock Asia Pacific," said Richard Shockey, co-Chair of the ENUM Working Group of the IETF.
The formation of APEET has been well received by the Industry. The
Asia Pacific Network Information Centre
(APNIC) has extended its goodwill to host DNS records of
, the selected "golden root" of APEET technical trials. APEET is also fortunate to have individual experts member such as Richard Shockey.
APEET welcomes all Asia Pacific ccTLD administrators (or its designated representatives) to join and contribute towards the success of ENUM adoption in Asia Pacific. For more information, please visit
Phill Gross Receives Postel Award
Phill Gross is this year's recipient of the prestigious
Jonathan B. Postel Service Award
. A co-founder of the
Internet Engineering Task Force
(IETF), Gross has been instrumental in defining and shaping the way in which the IETF standards process functions. He was awarded the Postel Service Award in recognition of his early leadership of the IETF and for firmly establishing the principles that are essential for its success. The Postel Award was presented on August 5th, during the 60th meeting of the IETF in San Diego, California.
"The Internet Society is pleased to recognize Phill's significant contribution to the area of Internet standardization by awarding him this year's Postel Award," said Internet Society President and CEO Lynn St.Amour. "The continued success of the IETF's consensus-based processes shows the importance of Phill's pioneering work in developing the IETF's foundations."
According to Steve Crocker, noted Internet authority and chair of this year's Postel award committee, "Many of the IETF's current structures, including Working Groups, Technical Areas, Proceedings and Internet Drafts came about thanks to Phill's dedication and passion for the Internet standards area. And we're delighted to be presenting the award to Phill in San Diego, the location of the first ever IETF meeting back in 1986."
Gross, who is currently Director of Academics and Technology for the Northern Virginia ECPI College of Technology, has worked with the Internet community for over 20 years. His career has taken him from working with government-funded research projects through to networking engineering responsibilities for large corporations and startups, including leading the development of MCI Corporation's first national network.
In 1986 Gross helped found the IETF. He became the first official chair in 1987—a position he held for seven years. During his chairmanship, the IETF evolved from a government-sponsored research group to an industry-wide Internet standards body. As well as contributing to developing the IETF standards process itself, Gross played an active role as co-chair of the IETF Routing and Addressing Working Group. This group led to solutions for growth-related Internet problems and was instrumental in specifying the initial direction for the next generation
(IPv6) in RFC 1719. He also served as a member of the
Internet Architecture Board
(IAB) from 1987 to 1996.
Expressing his appreciation for the award, Gross said "It was very gratifying to be there at the beginning and to work with such an incredible group of people. And, working with Jon over the years gives me a special appreciation for the honor that comes with this award."
The Jonathan B. Postel Service Award was established by the Internet Society to honor those who have made outstanding contributions in service to the data communications community. The award is focused on sustained and substantial technical contributions, service to the community, and leadership. With respect to leadership, the nominating committee places particular emphasis on candidates who have supported and enabled others in addition to their own specific actions. The award is named after Dr. Jonathan B. Postel, who embodied all of these qualities during his extraordinary stewardship over the course of a thirty-year career in networking. He served as the editor of the RFC series of notes from its inception in 1969, until 1998. He also served as the ARPANET "Numbers Czar" and the
Internet Assigned Numbers Authority
(IANA) over the same period of time. He was a founding member of the Internet Architecture Board and the first individual member of the Internet Society, where he also served as a trustee. Previous recipients of the Postel Award include Jon himself (posthumously and accepted by his mother), Scott Bradner, Daniel Karrenberg, Stephen Wolff and Peter Kirstein. For more information, please visit:
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The Internet Protocol Journal
Ole J. Jacobsen
, Editor and Publisher
Editorial Advisory Board
Dr. Vint Cerf
, Sr. VP, Architecture and Technology
Dr. Jon Crowcroft
, Marconi Professor of Communications Systems
University of Cambridge, England
The Alfred Fitler Moore Professor of Telecommunication Systems
University of Pennsylvania, USA
, Network Architect
Stupi AB, Sweden
Dr. Jun Murai
, Professor, WIDE Project
Keio University, Japan
Dr. Deepinder Sidhu
, Professor, Computer Science & Electrical Engineering, University of Maryland, Baltimore County Director, Maryland Center for Telecommunications Research, USA
, Chairman and President
VeriFi Limited, Hong Kong
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