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Budapest U Establishes IPv6 Training and Research Lab

Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BME) has established a laboratory for training and research in Internet protocol version 6 (IPv6), located at the Department of Telecommunications in the Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics. The purpose of the lab is to provide an open environment for validating solutions, network setups, and applications built on IPv6 and to provide onsite and online training in IPv6-related information and communications technology solutions to academics, government administrators, and telecom specialists.

The BME IPv6 lab operates under the umbrella of 6DEPLOY-2, a project to provide basic IPv6 training to organizations in Europe and developing countries and support real IPv6 deployments. This new lab will be part of an international network of IPv6 training and research facilities and connected to 20 similar centers around the world through GEANT, the pan-European data network dedicated to the research and education community. Each of the labs use the same technology and equipment, and their resources can be used redundantly, so researchers can use another lab's equipment remotely if their own lab's equipment is in use.

The 6DEPLOY-2 project is funded by the European Commission's Seventh Framework Program to further the development of the knowledge economy and culture in Europe. The BME lab's networking and communications equipment was donated by Cisco and is managed by the university's Cisco Networking Academy team.

"The introduction of IPv6 is no longer an option," said Istvan Papp, director, EMEAR Public Sector, Cisco."By providing the lab equipment, we wanted to contribute to the education of IPv6 specialists in Hungary and thus help the country's transition to the new protocol. IPv6 is also paving the way to new technologies such as machine-to-machine communication, mobility, or intelligent sensors. Participating in an international network of training and research facilities, the knowledge center at BME will be able to connect to the bloodstream of international innovation based on IPv6."

Budapest University of Technology and Economics in Hungary was established in 1782 and is one of the oldest institutes of technology in the world. It serves approximately 24,000 students, one-third of whom are foreign students, and offers engineering programs in the English language.

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Leila Meyer is a technology writer based in British Columbia. She can be reached at leilameyer@gmail.com.

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