June 15, 2019
June 15, 2019
June 19, 2019
Computing and Information Technology
A critical point in the history of the Internet was reached February 3rd, 2011 with the allocation of the last remaining IPv4 Internet addresses from IANA. As a result, future expansion of the Internet is dependent on global diffusion of IPv6. CIOs still on the IPv6 deployment fence need to consider that IPv6 has emerged from the “Innovators” and “Early Adoption” stages of diffusion, and is solidly in the “Early Majority” stage with Google reporting 26% user adoption. Further, data from IPv6 adoption statistics sites such as 6Lab, NIST, and Google IPv6 Statistics all show that global IPv6 adoption is happening at an accelerating pace. As users increasingly connect to the Internet over IPv6, there is an expectation that universities, not only make Web content accessible to those users, but to monitor and ensure the quality of the user experience when accessing the content. The implications for universities are more far reaching than just web presence. Poor IPv6 user experience to a university’s public online content can have a negative impact on admissions, research collaboration with other institutions, and potentially limit grant funding opportunities.
This paper presents the findings of a large scale, quantitative study of the quality of IPv6 user experience accessing the public facing web sites of top US universities. Network monitoring agents geographically distributed in cloud services throughout North America leveraged multiple sources of data to calculate the IPv6 user experience accessing .edu websites. The purpose of this study is to collect and analyze data representing the quality of the User Experience (UX) accessing US university, public facing, websites over IPv6. The websites under study are all reported to have IPv6 Domain Name Services (DNS) and Web services accessible via IPv6 according to the National Institute of Standards Technology (NIST) USG IPv6 Statistics website.
Pickard, J., & Drummond, D., & Lunsford, P. J., & Popoviciu, C. (2019, June), IPv6 User Experience: An Assessment of Top U.S. University Domains Paper presented at 2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition , Tampa, Florida. 10.18260/1-2--33026
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