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UDP-IPv6 Performance in Peer-to-Peer Gigabit Ethernet using Modern Windows and Linux Systems

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In this paper the performance of IPv6 is investigated using Windows and Linux operating systems over a Gigabit Ethernet link. IPv6 is set to take over IPv4 and is built into most new Windows and Linux client/server Operating Systems (OSs). Deploying IPv6 in larger networks requires an evaluation to determine which new OS would be most efficient in terms of bandwidth and latency for both TCP and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) applications. While most previous studies have focused on TCP-IPv6 evaluation, a very few researchers have actually evaluated UDP-IPv6 using modern OSs.

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