January 2005 Special Edition Newsletter
A Summit to Remember

The US IPv6 Summit 2004 was an outstanding success from many perspectives, and my staff and I were overwhelmed and delighted to receive over 400 compliments from speakers, attendees, and sponsors. The IPv6 community is growing into a very positive, constructive, supportive team of teams, which is exactly what is needed to build a new network of networks under, over, and alongside the IPv4 network of networks. The key takeaway is that IPv6 is firmly established as an inevitable reality, so much so that it's now hard to imagine that press coverage only three years ago called IPv6 "the foreign Internet".
IPv6, and IPv6 leadership, is now the new way America will impress the world, while creating hundreds of opportunities for cooperation and confidence building between federal agencies, companies, and countries. From what I saw at the US IPv6 Summit, the greatest advantage of IPv6 is that it gives great people a whole new warehouse of opportunities to build great teams together.
Speakers and panelists were outstanding in the quality of their thinking and presentations, as well as in their stature and the value of their contributions. The participants spoke enthusiastically about how much they loved the presentations. Speakers, take a bow. Your audience really, really liked you, what you had to say and the way you said it!
The US IPv6 Summit 2004 attracted active participation from military, government, industry, academia, and nonprofits, mostly from the US, but also from other countries, including Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Singapore, Israel, and South Korea. A very healthy mix of people from different organizations and cultures enabled attendees to broaden their IPv6 community of friends to include many new people and places.
The news media picked up on several stories from the Summit, including the return of the Dept. of Defense to Internet leadership for the first time in 19 years, the critical need to budget more for the IPv6 transition, and the inclusion of IPv6 in Microsoft Windows Longhorn. Given that the main news for IPv6 in the previous quarter was that Nokia had demonstrated an IPv6 telephone, these news stories reframed IPv6 in the mindsets of not only the Internet community, but also of the high technology community in general. The news release shortly after the US IPv6 Summit that China was launching its CERNET IPv6 native network became big news to many people who never cared about IPv6 before. The gist is that, with the federal governments of both the US and China supporting IPv6 efforts, it is now a fair proxy for the world media to judge the relative competence of the world's two biggest national success stories.
Attendees were able to see a major improvement in the availability of products and services with the emergence of IPv6 in consumer electronics from companies like Panasonic, which demonstrated cameras with bidirectional Voice over IPv6. Sony made much of its IPv6 plans, claiming that it would have all 70,000 of its products IPv6 enabled by 2005. Attendees could see that Panasonic, with no bold claims, had multiple products, available now, while no one had seen Sony. That's one of the great values of having the big event of a new technology: real companies (with respect to IPv6 at least) demonstrate salable product (that includes support for IPv6), and the community of interest gets to see who walks their talk, and who doesn't.
Here are ten major reasons why the US IPv6 Summit 2004 was a great success:
There were over 640 Summit attendees (another 60 attended one of the two Dept. of Defense IPv6 Transition Office meetings led by Dr. Charles (Chuck) Lynch).
This is the fourth event in a row (including San Diego 6/03, Arlington 12/03, and Santa Monica 6/04) in which the number of attendees has increased.
There were over 55 speakers and panelists, many of them legendary figures in the history of networks and the Internet, including the four original fathers of the Internet - Drs. Vint Cerf, Larry Roberts, Leonard Kleinrock, and Robert Kahn.
Over 20 speakers and/or panelists related to the US Dept. of Defense IPv6 transition efforts presented, including panel Q & A with heads of the transition efforts for specific branches of the services.
The keynote presentation by Dr. Linton Wells, the CIO and Assistant Secretary of the Dept. of Defense, put IPv6 efforts into the larger context of DoD activities and budgeting during the ongoing Iraq conflict.
The keynote presentation by Dr. Charles Lynch included the first major summary of the Dept. of Defense's DISA IPv6 Transition Office plan.
ICANN chairman Dr. Vint Cerf gave a keynote presentation, followed by a presentation on IPv6 administrative issues by ICANN CTO John Crain.
DITO and SI International personnel presented core aspects of the DISA IPv6 Transition Office, including the "IPv6 Capable" definition and standardization efforts with vendors to come up those products and services.
The 6 Star Partner Program was announced. This will give extra recognition and credit to those companies that not only sell IPv6, but also use it themselves and support others in using IPv6.
The IPv6 Association was announced. This will serve as a nonprofit entity (headquartered and incorporated in the US) that supports the coordination and harmonization between the requirements of the Dept. of Defense (and other entities of the US government, as well as coalition partners) and the awesome powers of industry and research centers to evolve and develop products, service and industry around IPv6.
On a personal note, I greatly enjoyed the presentations on IPv6 and sensornets from Booz Allen Hamilton, and on testing of IPv6 networks from Spirent. These and many other wonderful and informative presentations are all posted online at www.coalitionsummit.com. We were also fortunate to have the active participation of Juniper, which supplied the IPv6 routers to China's now world famous IPv6 network, and is now actively pursuing leadership in the IPv6 community. Lucent impressed me with its coherence and enthusiasm for IPv6. In sum, I feel a welling of enthusiasm and excitement about IPv6 from all the people who came to this Summit, one that I hope that you can feel from this article, even if you couldn't be there yourself. If you want to participate and get a great sense of where the IPv6 community is and where it is going, in the US and around the world, please mark the dates of May 23-26, 2005 off on your calendar. That's when we will be building on the momentum of the last four IPv6 Summits that our team organized - we will be holding the first Coalition Summit for IPv6. We will continue to have the world's greatest IPv6 related speakers from government, industry, academia, and the nonprofit world, while extending the invitation to attend to over 50 other countries that cooperate and coordinate their military and homeland defense efforts with the US. We sincerely hope that you will add your voice and perspective to that event.