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GAGMS: a requirement-driven general address generation and management system

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Abstract

IPv6 address generation is closely related to the manageability, security, privacy protection, and traceability of the Internet. There are many kinds of IPv6 address generation and configuration methods in the area of Internet standards and research that may cause certain problems, including the mixed operation problem of multiple IPv6 address generation schemes, the synchronization problem of the change in IPv6 address, the efficiency problem of processing large-scale concurrent IPv6 address requests, and the general model problem for mapping IPv6 addresses to other requirement spaces as identifiers. In this paper, we consider generating and managing IPv6 addresses according to network requirements. After conducting a requirement analysis of most proposed address generation schemes, we propose a general address generation model and a general address management system, which are the cores of the general address generation and management system (GAGMS). This system solves the above problems under the premise of maintaining the diversity and flexibility of the existing IPv6 address generation and configuration methods and allows networks to utilize different address generation schemes according to different requirements in different scenarios. Finally, we design a prototype system and evaluate our GAGMS to demonstrate its effectiveness, manageability, and scalability, and we have conducted trial deployment in campus networks and are trying to standardize this work in IETF.

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Acknowledgements

This work was supported by National Natural Science Foundation of China (Grant Nos. 61402257, 61772307) and Tsinghua University Self-determined Project (Grant No. 2014z21051).

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Correspondence to Gang Ren.

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Liu, Y., He, L. & Ren, G. GAGMS: a requirement-driven general address generation and management system. Sci. China Inf. Sci. 61, 092109 (2018). https://doi.org/10.1007/s11432-017-9298-3

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Keywords

  • IPv6 address generation
  • IPv6 address management
  • requirement analysis
  • DHCPv6
  • SLAAC