Challenges of IPv6 Flow Label Implementation
The Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6) protocol represents an emerging networking capability designed to enhance transport, management and security of IP packets through the networks. IPv6 packet header required for this protocol is much larger than that of the current IPv4 protocol. The processing of IPv6 packets can be complex depending on how many packet header options are needed for a given mode of transmission. There are currently no standards available from Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF), the body that develops all Internet networking standards, related to the use of the Flow Label. The current IETF standards define the concept of flow of IP packets based on the three tuple of source and destination addresses and the Flow Label.