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USGv6 Stakeholders Meet to Discuss Testing Program and Updated Protocol

For Immediate Release: April 27, 2010

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Contact: Evelyn Brown

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) is hosting a public meeting on May 20, 2010 at the NIST site in Gaithersburg, Md., to review a compliance testing program and upcoming revisions to the standards profile for USGv6, the United States government implementation of the new Internet protocol, IPv6. The USGv6 Program provides a technical infrastructure to assist federal agencies in the acquisition of IPv6 technologies.

Recent modifications to Federal Acquisition Regulations require agencies to begin using the USGv6 Profile and Test Program beginning in July 2010.

The USGv6 Test Program presently has two participating accreditors and two accredited laboratories, with more test labs in consideration. (See “First Test Labs for Next-Generation Internet Protocol (IPv6) Are Accredited,” NIST Tech Beat, March 2, 2010, at www.nist.gov/public_affairs/techbeat/tb2010_0302.htm#ipv6 for more about the test labs.)

NIST is holding the meeting to review the test program and to acquire feedback from stakeholders from agencies, IPv6 product vendors and test laboratories. Issues to be discussed include USGv6 capabilities and requirements, testing operations and interlaboratory comparisons and reporting of test results.

To register to attend, please e-mail usgv6-project@antd.nist.gov with your name, company affiliation, title, contact details and citizenship information. For more information, please contact Stephen Nightingale at stephen.nightingale@nist.gov.

The USGv6 Program“Frequently Asked Questions” page may be found at www.antd.nist.gov/usgv6/usgv6-v1-faq.htm.