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Label switching and IP version 6

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4 Author(s)
Boustead, P. ; Telecommun. & Inf. Technol. Res. Inst., Wollongong Univ., NSW, Australia ; Barnett, S. ; Chicharo, J. ; Anido, G.

This paper discusses how the strict hierarchical address structure of IP version 6 and high levels of IP route aggregation will effect the operation of popular label switching techniques. We predict that the introduction of IP version 6 will cause significant problems with control driven label switching proposals such as MPLS and Tag Switching. We propose an alternate label switching solution that uses information in the IP version 6 address structure to classify and cut-through flows based on destination site address. Our simulation studies shown that over 96% of packets will be switched by ATM bypassing network layer forwarding using this technique

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Computer Communications and Networks, 1998. Proceedings. 7th International Conference on

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12-15 Oct 1998