What is the M6Bone ?
The M6Bone is a worldwide IPv6 multicast network. The M6Bone project started in 2001 with support of RENATER, Aristote association and the G6. The M6Bone aims at providing an IPv6 multicast connectivity for people willing to test and develop software and hardware related to IPv6 multicast technology. The M6Bone makes it possible to validate protocols and give recommendations for their standardization.
Today, the M6Bone interconnects more than 40 networks and 80 sites over the world (Mexico, United-States, Brazil, Chili, Taiwan, Japan, Korea...)
Most of networks connected to the M6Bone are in Europe :
The national research and education networks are today interconnected natively through GEANT2 network. But IPv6 connectivity cannot be achieved natively in all places, and tunnels (over IPv4 or IPv6 unicast) must be used. Since 2003, manufacturer equipment handles IPv6 multicast features.
Services available on the M6Bone
IPv6 multicast makes it possible to do videoconferences ith a high number of participants. TV and radio over IP are also examples of services delivered today delivered with multicast. Many tools are available today and can be installed on most of the available operating systems.
Coexistence with IPv4 multicast
An event can be transmitted simultaneously over IPv4 and IPv6 multicast using reflectors (or gateways) ensuring intetrworking between these 2 worlds.
M6Bone web page : www.m6bone.net
— The network
— Equipement configuration
— How to connect
— Standardization and other links...
Mailing-list of the M6Bone : m6bone ml.renater.fr