The goal of the IPv6 (Internet Protocol version 6) Project is to promote member adoption of IPv6 technology and support members in their planning and initiatives.
With a full production-grade IPv6 network in place, BCNET has developed the expertise to help its members upgrade from the current internet communications protocol, IPv4, to the next-generation standard, IPv6. IPv6 has a much larger address space and will be able to accommodate the increasing growth of the Internet.
Internet Addresses will run out
According to the experts, the world is running out of IP address space for Internet devices because of an address scheme conceived over 30 years ago that wasn't designed to scale to billions of devices. They are predicting that the standard IPv4 address spaces will run out very soon.
BCNET Network is IPv6 enabled
Since 2009, the BCNET network has been IPv6-enabled, supporting researchers in their quest to share data, participate in international experiments and collaborate with their IPv6-enabled peers around the world. As more and more countries and websites become IPv6-ready, it is essential for Canadian universities to get on board, so that networks around the world can “talk” to each other and research collaboration can go on. In addition, IPv6 has a vastly larger address space and can accommodate the demand and growth of the Internet.