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IPv6 User Experience: An Assessment of Top U.S. University Domains

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2019 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Tampa, Florida

Publication Date

June 15, 2019

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June 15, 2019

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October 19, 2019

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Cyber Technology

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Computing and Information Technology

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John Pickard East Carolina University

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Dr. Pickard is an Assistant Professor at East Carolina University in the College of Engineering and Technology. He teaches undergraduate and graduate Information and Computer Technology (ICT) courses within the Department of Technology Systems. Dr. Pickard plays an active role in building positive and sustainable industry relationship between the college, local businesses, and industry partners.
Current industry recognized certifications include; Cisco Certified Network Professional, Microsoft Certificated Professional, EMC Information Storage and Management, IPv6 Forum Certified Engineer (Gold), IPv6 Forum Certified Trainer (Gold), and Cisco Certified Academy Instructor.
Dr. Pickard received his Ph.D. in Technology Management at Indiana State University. He also holds an MBA from Wayland Baptist University and a B.S. in Professional Aeronautics from Embry-Riddle University.
Research interests include: IPv6, IPv6 adoption, wireless sensor networks, and industry-academia partnerships.

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Dale Drummond East Carolina University

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Dale Drummond is an Undergraduate Student at East Carolina University in the College of Engineering and Technology. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor of Science in Information and Computer Technology with a concentration in Computer Networking.
Mr. Drummond is currently Team Lead/Sr. Network Management Engineer at MCNC, the company which operates the North Carolina Research and Education Network (NCREN).
Research interests include IPv6, IPv6 adoption, Application Performance Monitoring, DevOps, and Network Operations Optimization.

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Philip J. Lunsford II East Carolina University

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Phil Lunsford received a B.S. in Electrical Engineering and a M.S. in Electrical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina State University. He is a registered professional engineer and is currently an Associate Professor at East Carolina University. His research interests include cyber security, network performance, and the cross-discipline application of technologies.

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Ciprian Popoviciu

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Dr. Ciprian Popoviciu, MBA, has over 20 years of experience working in various technical and leadership roles in the networking and cloud computing area. Prior to starting Nephos6 he managed the architecture team of Cisco’s Engineering Infrastructure Services organization where he defined the strategy and led the execution of the internal DC consolidation and transition to cloud. He is an industry recognized domain expert in IPv6 who, over the past 15 years worked on the strategy, architecture, implementation and validation of IPv6 adoption by large service providers and enterprises Worldwide. Ciprian worked with various governments on defining national level and agency level IPv6 strategies and standards. Ciprian authored two Cisco Press books and co-authored 5 IETF RFCs and multiple patents. Ciprian is an IPv6 Forum Fellow and a Cisco Champion. He is a frequent speaker to industry events and conferences and he is an active contributor to various technology and scientific publications.

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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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