Date Added: Jul 2010
The huge numbers of computers, devices and networks that are connected to the Internet in the networking industry, that require more address space, better Quality of Services support, greater security, and an increasing number of media types and Internet-capable devices have all contributed to drive the development of new IPv6 protocol. The major importance during the development of IPv6 has been how to do the transition away from IPv4 towards IPv6 and vice versa. The work on transition strategies, tools, and mechanisms has been part of the basic IPv6 design effort from the beginning. The transition process from the current IPv4 to the future IPv6 is probably one of the most important subjects during the next generation protocols.