Capstone 2015 - NASA IPV6 Analysis

As part of the 2010 OMB Memorandum titled “Transition to IPv6”, U.S government agencies were asked to upgrade their external public facing servers and services to operationally use native IPv6 by the end of September 2012. Although data exists on the National Institute of Standards Technology website as to the status of IPv6 enablement of US agency services, to date, no quantitative study of the quality of this enablement, as measured by the user experience, has been published. The National Aeronautics and Space Administration is included in this mandate. With collaboration with Nephos6© and NASA, a team of ECU students will collect and analyze the IPv6 effectiveness of NASA’s public facing websites. V6Sonar©, a user experience monitoring platform developed by Nephos6©, will be used to collect extensive data measuring the IPv6 effectiveness of NASA services. NASA web domains will be tested in terms of user experience as compared to IPv4. Sonar agents from various geographic locations in North America, Europe, and Asia are employed to poll each agency site at specified intervals for a period of 7 days. The data collected in this study should show that while most of NASA does in fact have their external facing services enabled for IPv6, the IPv6 effectiveness of these services and the consistency of the IPv6 access vary widely between websites, implementation approaches and access location. The implications of these findings are that citizens and business partners worldwide who use IPv6 to access the resources offered by NASA may experience performance degradation, variability in performance and sometime no IPv6 connectivity at all.