Mapping autonomous system's router level topology in IPv6
Poulin, Robert J.
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The core of the Internet is composed of many independent and mutually exclusive collections of routers, called Autonomous Systems, which are responsible for moving traffic between communicating end-systems, or hosts, regardless of the relative location of those hosts. The complexity of the internal composition of these autonomous systems is such that accurate documentation of their topology, reference to as mapping, is difficult and prone to error. Developing automated support for this effort remains an area of active research, the potential benefit of which is the ability to actively monitor the health of the Internet across these autonomous systems making it possible to identify critical infrastructure chokepoints before their failure adversely impacts the network or national security. The Internet is in the process of transitioning to a new version of the Internet Protocol, the fundamental protocol that melds the heterogeneous networks worldwide into a single cooperative whole. Tools, techniques, and tactics developed for the current version, IPv4, may hold promise for adaptation to support the new version, IPv6. This thesis explores several of the IPv4 techniques that hold promise for adaptation and provides an implementation as a proof-of-concept.
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