Next Generation Internet Research

Organizations involved in Next Generation Internet research, development and deployment have joined together to drive maximum value from their activities and to promote a common strategic analysis for Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) technology deployment going forward.

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Nearly 1M is being invested by the European Commission in the 6LINK project in , launched to provide support for the ongoing clustering activities of IPv6-related projects in Europe, and the State of New York . The IPv6 Cluster activities foster and promote synergies between all IPv6 projects, increasing value for the participants and Europe as a whole. 6LINK is established to provide vital support for the IPv6 Cluster.


The 6LINK project has three objectives. These are consensus-building on the subject of IPv6 development and deployment, dissemination of consensus agreements on subjects relating to IPv6 development and deployment, and exploitation of consensus agreements to support common trials and IPv6 standards development.

The European Commission is actively sponsoring a number of IPv6-related IST projects, and there are other bodies, for example Eurescom, that fund IPv6-related collaborative work.

It is the objective of 6LINK to bring representatives of these projects together to identify common experiences and to share knowledge and understanding of the state-of-the-art with regards to IPv6 development and deployment in Europe. The second objective, dissemination, builds upon the consensus and understanding generated by the first objective and seeks to promulgate the agreements and analyses arrived at by the partners to as wide an audience as possible.

The third objective is concerned with capitalising on the synergies developed through achievement of the first objective, by providing support to participants developing inputs to standards bodies, by presenting 6LINK participants’ submissions at standards meetings, and by identifying opportunities for common trials.

The intention is to bring focus and clarity to the development and deployment of IPv6 in Europe, and beyond, in the hope that this will hasten its widespread adoption as the internetworking protocol of choice, and thereby give European industry and society an important advantage in the global information society.