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Quality of IPv6 Enablement of Universities: An International Study

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2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Seattle, Washington

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June 14, 2015

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June 14, 2015

End Date

June 17, 2015





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Curricular Issues in Computing and Information Technology Programs I

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Computing & Information Technology

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26.1292.1 - 26.1292.15



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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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Annie Y. Patrick East Carolina University


Dustin Stocks

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I am currently pursuing a BS in Information and Computing Technology concentration in Information Security from East Carolina University, graduating in May 2015. My passion is all things IPv6, specifically IPv6 Security. I presented at the 2014 North American IPv6 Summit on the Study on the Quality of IPv6 Enablement of US Government Websites, and received the Academic Innovation Award. I am a IPv6 Forum Certified Engineer as well.

Dustin Stocks
East Carolina University

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Quality of IPv6 Enablement of Universities: An International StudyThis paper presents the findings of the first large scale, quantitative study of the quality of IPv6enablement of university websites. A cloud based user experience MaaS (Monitoring as aService) tool, leveraging multiple sources of data, gathered from application performancemonitoring “agents” distributed globally across geographic locations, was used to calculate theIPv6 effectiveness of 400 university websites.Although the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s (NIST) website provides thestatus of IPv6 enablement of universities in the United States, there is no known source of suchdata on universities on an international scale. Also, to date, there is no published quantitativestudy of the quality of university IPv6 enablement as measured by the user experience.The user experience monitoring platform was used to collect DNS, website connectivity, andwebsite performance data of 400 universities located in 59 countries. The monitoring platformemployed monitoring “agents” distributed worldwide in North America, Europe, and Asia to polleach university website at specified intervals for a period of 7 days.The data collected in this study provided information of the external facing services for eachuniversity website enabled for IPv6. In addition, this study provides insightful analysis of theIPv6 effectiveness of the connection to these websites. The implications of the findings are thatcitizens worldwide who use IPv6 to access the resources offered by universities may experienceperformance degradation, variability in performance, and sometime no IPv6 connectivity at all.This paper also points to the impact that token, yet unmonitored IPv6 implementation, has onservices and the brand of the university. 1

Pickard, J., & Patrick, A. Y., & Stocks, D. (2015, June), Quality of IPv6 Enablement of Universities: An International Study Paper presented at 2015 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Seattle, Washington. 10.18260/p.24629

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