News of 2003This page contains the news items from the year of 2003.
2003 was the year where SixXS showed the light to IPv6Gate and the SixXS Forums. GRH was extended with a Looking Glass, got bogon detection support and became a route viewer and the Concepts PoP migrated from 6bone space to RIPE space. The following PoPs joined SixXS this year:
Happy new yearWednesday, January 1st, 2003
User tunnel downtime notification messagesFriday, January 10th, 2003
reply to ICMPv6 ping request packets for the last 24 hours. Tunnel which where not alive for the last 7 days will be automatically notified per email and disabled to avoid sending tunneled packets to unaware end-users. As this warning is now in place and users get notified of the problems we have also increased the 'downtime' cost to 5 credits.
Cybercomm PoP, nlams04 airsSunday, January 19th, 2003
Cybercomm B.V. an internet service provider in the Netherlands which provides colocation, dsl, dialup and shared hosting for the consumer and business market. We also provide Virtual internet service providers with connectivity. Cybercomm will provide the end-user and business user with native or tunneled IPv6 connectivity. The PoP is called nlams04 and is located in Amsterdam. More information can be found on the Stipte PoP page.
(Note: Cybercomm has changed name to Scarlet and currently is Stipte)
IPv6Gate openedTuesday, January 28th, 2003
IPv6Gate portal gives IPv6 capable http-clients access to IPv4-only websites. With a few gateway-side tricks all the external hosts on the websites get the .sixxs.org added to their hostname thus further queries will end up going through the gateway allowing almost any http traffic to be routed over IPv6. The IPv6Gate was featured on Slashdot (IPv6 version).
Forum openedMonday, March 3rd, 2003
forum. Users can freely sign up and use it to communicate about general questions, setup questions, problems/announcements of new applications etc.
GRH Distributed Looking GlassFriday, March 7th, 2003
Ghost Route Hunter tool is already collecting BGP data we've added a Looking Glass allowing a direct view into all the participating AS's at one glance. This has the advantages of easy comparison and thus troubleshooting. The output of the different project participants is all the same even though they are currently using Juniper's, Cisco's and Zebra routers. New participants can signup for the GRH project, of course the ultimate goal is a stable internet and having many views helps a lot.
History for the GRH Distributed Looking GlassThursday, March 20th, 2003
GRH Distributed Looking Glass now also supports a history feature. With many thanks to Gert Däring of SpaceNet AG for providing BGP tables going back to 25th of August 2001. This data will, in time, also be processed into the Ghost Routes reports.
New SSL CertificateSaturday, May 3rd, 2003
FreeSSL, even though there is Free in the name it isn't. The Certificate Chain works for at least IE5+ and Mozilla 5+ if you have another browser you should first check to see if the above fingerprint matches and even better use one of the above browser to check if the certificate is correct and after that accept it. The SSL version of the SixXS is now reachable using https://noc.sixxs.net, which is the place where the various logon links will take you too as the CN for the certificate is noc.sixxs.net. The Certificate is used for both HTTPS and SMTP.
IPv6 Time ServicesMonday, May 5th, 2003
Forum UpdateThursday, May 8th, 2003
SixXS Forum now has some extra functionality as per request of some of the users. Threads are now correctly sorted in the index and it now also supports a search function . Further enhancements in the search function will follow.
Concepts 6bone to RIPE prefix transitionFriday, May 16th, 2003
Concepts ICT are transitioning their IPv6 prefix from their 6bone (3ffe:4007::/32) to their RIPE (2001:838::/32) prefix. As noc.sixxs.net, which amongst others serves this webpage, is hosted there it is also changing IPv6 IP. This has been reflected in DNS already. Next to the noc change the Concepts PoP, also known as nlams01 will also make the transition. Users using this PoP will be notified per email of this change and what they are supposed to do before the 1st of June 2003. Until that date the 6bone prefix and the new RIPE prefix will be usable alongside each other. The 1st of June 2003 will end this as the transition will then be complete. The only problem that should arise is the fact that DNS forwards point to the new addresses and thus they won't match with the old reverses. This is unavoidable unless we change the hostnames. At least until 1st June 2003 the PoP has been closed for new tunnel requests and ping tests won't be taken.
Concepts 6bone to RIPE prefix transition finishedSunday, June 1st, 2003
Concepts ICT PoP (nlams01) transition is now completed. The old 6bone prefix (3ffe:4007::/32) is not used on the PoP anymore. Only the RIPE prefix (2001:838::/32) is routed.
Cybercomm changes name to ScarletTuesday, June 3rd, 2003
Megabit 2003Monday, July 21st, 2003 till Sunday, July 27th
Megabit Open Air Festival will take place. An outdoor Internet fest where hackers, whiz kids and other internet professionals from Europa can go to stay up to date in the latest developments in the areas of internet, hardware, networking and gaming. State-of-the-art technical arrangements will make sure everything is top notch. The city of Ede provides Megabit 2003 with 15.000 m2 space alongside the Dutch A12. On this terrain tents of 15x25m and 15x10m will be setup. The terrain will be supported with a 250kVA diesel aggregate for power. A DarkFiber with WDM equipment will provide 4x 1000Mbps connectivity to the AMS-IX. Of course this network will both carry IPv6 as IPv4 traffic. Megabit will be offering a widespread range of lectures, hands-on courses, political sessions and other presentations.
IPv6 Bogon ReportingFriday, August 1st, 2003
Ghost Route Hunter Distributed Looking Glass now also colors the prefixes based on types of bogons that they are. Any oddity detected in the IPv6 routing tables residing in the GRH system is reported. The GRH pages also explain what bogons are. Notifications to the administrators causing and/or affected by these bogons will be sent out as soon as possible.
GRH becomes a routeviewerFriday, August 8th, 2003
The Ghost Route Hunter (GRH) project now has a Peering Router which can be used as a IPv6 Route View and as a easy method of route collection for the GRH system. AS8298 is on loan for this project from Robert Robert Kießling / Easynet who also set up the first peering to this routeview. The GRH pages contain Peering Information and also a renewed GRH signup page if you want to participate in the project.
nlams04 moving locations on August 19thWednesday, August 13th, 2003
Stipte PoP (nlams04) will be down for about 15 minutes. In that time it will move to Stipte's new PoP location in Amsterdam. The PoP will continue operation after the move. The configuration of the pop will not change, thus users will only experience a minor downtime.
[Update] The PoP was successfully moved to the new location.
GRH Anomalies Mailing ListFriday, August 22nd, 2003
The Ghost Route Hunter (GRH) project generates a nightly summary of anomalies in the IPv6 routing table. The summary is sent to a mailinglist which is open for subscription for the public.
IPv6 Routing Table Anomalies @ RIPE46Wednesday, September 3rd, 2003
The Ghost Route Hunter (GRH) project at RIPE 46's IPv6 Working Group, explaining the different types of anomalies it currently detects. The archives of RIPE also contain the recorded session video+audio. Check the presentations section for the slides and the webcast URL.
Signups made easierFriday, September 12th, 2003
Dynamic IPv4 Tunneling Support Public BetaTuesday, September 16th, 2003
the forum thread. Update: This beta has been concluded and the service has gone gold.
Forums RSS enabledTuesday, October 14th, 2003
RSS section of the forums.
Dynamic IPv4 Tunneling Support goes GoldWednesday, October 15th, 2003
SixXS open for one yearThursday, October 23rd, 2003
Traffic has risen to an acceptable average of over 2mbit/s continuously which really isn't much, but it does show that we are progressing in the right direction. The added benefit of the recently introduced dynamic tunnels will also allow more users to use this service. We hope everybody is enjoying and learning from this very stable service with users from 40 countries!
Windows Heartbeat ClientSunday, October 26th, 2003
Heartbeat Client Information page. The Windows client includes support for the SixXS Configuration Service thus users don't have to type in anymore configuration as they are taken from the server. Notez bien that there has not been a large field test so there could still be anomalies in the program, if there is something odd, report it.
Website updatesWednesday, October 29th, 2003
Maintenance for adding tinc supportSunday, November 9th, 2003
tinc supporting tunnels, next to the normal protocol 41 tunnels. This will allow people to use the service even when they are behind firewalls. tinc also supports a wide variety of encryption mechanisms thus the tunnels will be encrypted too, thus no more sniffing your connections. More information about this setup will follow, check the tinc site for more information about tinc.
tinc support on PoP side readyMonday, November 10th, 2003
tinc tunnels has been completed on the PoPs. As can be seen on the PoP status page, tinc is supported on some of the PoPs already. It is not possible to request or convert tunnels to the tinc protocol yet though. The client will be updated next, further updates will follow.
125 Heartbeat tunnels in less than a monthWednesday, November 12th, 2003
SixXS Growth Statistics for more interesting data.
SixXS Configuration Service is assigned port 3874Friday, November 21st, 2003
IANA has allocated port 3874 for the SixXS Configuration Service. New clients will be issued which will start using this port number, the former 42006 port will remain working until the end of the year, per January 2004 it will return an error telling people to upgrade. Notifications of this will be sent to the users who are currently using the configuration service.
New Easynet PoP to replace PSINet PoPSaturday, November 22nd, 2003
PSINet decided to end the IPv6 services they currently have in their network which was taken over from Cybernet last year. This also means the end of the demun01 PoP. We have found Easynet ready to start a new PoP also in Muenchen. This new PoP will take over the work from the PSINet PoP. Note well, as it is a different ISP, you will have to renumber and will get a different IPv4 endpoint for this PoP. Further reconfiguration information and the assignments of the new prefixes to your tunnels and subnets will follow shortly. Requesting new tunnels to the old and the new PoP is currently disabled because of this state.
Easynet PoP, demuc01 airsMonday, November 24th, 2003
Easynet PoP has been installed and configured and is now accepting new tunnel requests. If you currently have a tunnel to the PSINet (demun01) PoP you will receive a new tunnel later today costing no credits. You are urged to start using the new tunnel as soon as possible. The demun01 PoP will be decommissioned at the end of this week. Notez bien, the Easynet PoP is named demuc01 which conforms to the UN/LOCODE.
Update: tunnels and subnets have been created and emailed to the users on demun01, refunds are complete.
PSINet PoP, demun01 closesFriday, November 28th, 2003
Easynet PoP, we are shutting down the PSINet PoP (demun01). We thank PSINet and not to forget the former Cybernet for the service they offered by providing this PoP.
Prefixes registered in RIPE registryFriday, December 5th, 2003
HEAnet PoP also available for the publicTuesday, December 9th, 2003
Kewlio PoP, gbmnc01 airsWednesday, December 10th, 2003
Kewlio.net Limited, a hosting and colocation provider based in Manchester and London. The Kewlio PoP uses 6bone space and is available for the public, targeting the users in the UK region and overseas. More information can be found on the Kewlio PoP page.
Data Telecom PoP, eetll01 airsTuesday, December 16th, 2003
Data Telecom from Estonia are also providing a PoP starting today. The PoP is located in Tallinn, Estonia. Data Telecom's is a business grade internet service provider. The Data PoP uses RIPE IPv6 space and is private but available for the customers of data.ee and providers in the region of Estionia. More information can be found on the Data PoP page.
Forum Notification ListThursday, December 18th, 2003
Forum, thus allowing one to be directly notified when a new message appears. See the Mailman Interface for a convenient way of subscribing. Setting your subscription to digest, which is delivered on a daily basis, is also a possibility. The messages contain the complete message that gets posted thus one doesn't even have to read the forum on the website to keep up with it but replies still have to be made through the forum interface. Update 2010-03-01: This method of notification has been removed.
gbmnc01 moves to London and becomes gblon01Tuesday, December 23rd, 2003