Project Overview

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The goal of ENABLE was to research, develop, test, integrate and evaluate mechanisms and technologies for the deployment of efficient and operational mobility as a service in large scale IPv6 network environments, taking into account also the transition scenario from IPv4.


Project Start Date :                                      January 2006

Project End-date:                                         February 2008


Project Achievements

1.      Designed an overall Mobile IPv6 service enabling architecture, including dynamic mobile IPv6 bootstrapping as a fundamental building block.

2.      Developed required technologies which enabled the deployment of Mobile IPv6 in real-life environments, including IPv6 middle-boxes (e.g., firewalls, VPN gateways) and the legacy IPv4-only access infrastructures.

3.      Investigated solutions to improve the reliability of Mobile IPv6 and enabled an optimal usage of network resources for the deployment of Mobile IPv6 in a provider network.

4.      Enriched the basic mobility service provided by Mobile IPv6 with a set of additional features, enabling the on-demand activation and autoconfiguration of specific “premium” network features (e.g., multi-homing, fast handovers) based on the operator policies and customers profiles.

5.      Assess and compare the mobility management solutions that could represent viable alternatives to Mobile IPv6 (M-SHIM6) in the long term, and identify a transition path for the smooth deployment of such technologies starting from the Mobile IPv6 environment.

6.      Validated the results of the developed mechanisms and technologies through prototyping and laboratory testing.

7.      Disseminated project results, through standardisation activities (with a focus on IETF and 3GPP), public trials and academic conferences and journals, as well as liaison and cooperation with ongoing national, European and other international projects.


Refereed Academic Papers:


TSSG in collaboration with Brunel submitted a paper entitled “On the use of SHIM6 for Mobility Support in IMS Networks” to the TridentCom ’08 conference. The paper proposes a mechanism to support mobility through a multi homing SHIM6 layer. The results of the paper show that our proposed mechanism outperforms Route Optimized Mobile IPv6


There was a presentation of a paper done in conjunction with Brunel & Consulintel to the conference FITCE 2007 (http://www.fitce2007.pl) on “Scenarios Designed for the Verification of Mobile IPv6 Enabling Technologies”.

There was also a submission to the HEANet conference 2007 (Irish NREN) called “A mobile communication service in a converged world, large scale deployments and the nomadic user.”


An extended abstract was submitted to the IEEE VTC 2007 conference (http://www.ieeevtc.org/vtc2007spring/index.php), called “A Practical Solution Towards Implementing Autonomic Handover for 4G Networks”. The paper attempts to cover the SHIM layer and its possible support for fast handover for different applications.

An article was submitted to the USENIX magazine ;login; (http://www.sagecertification.org/publications/login/).

The title of the article is “Xen Installation and Configuration” and it is a step by step introduction to Xen for beginners. The guide shows how to install the Xen paravirtualisation software onto a machine, and how to successfully create and manage domains. This guide is aimed at beginners to Xen and is a simple “copy and paste” guide to getting a xen server up and running in no time.

This was the process used while developing the ENABLE base mobile testbed.



HEANet Conference 2007, John Ronan (TSSG) was an invited guest speaker for the session “Virtualisation Panel: Experiences so far” in which John gave an overview of how the XEN virtualization service was used in regards to the TSSG ENABLE test bed.

IETF #70 , in Vancouver, BC, Canada was attended by John Ronan in which he provided input towards the sessions Mobopts in draft-ng-mobopts-multihoming-00.txt and Autoconf in draft-boot-autoconf-nemo4manet-00.txt. John also attended the MEXT, V6OPS, Manet and HIP sessions, MEXT being of particular interest as it looking at Mobility Extensions for IPv6.

General Publicity


A report on the SHIM6 testing carried out with University of New Hampshire’s (USA) “Moonv6″ IPv6 InterOperability Laboratory (http://www.moonv6.org/project/june2007/Moonv6June07.pdf) was widely disseminated on tech based news web sites in August 2007.

Enable Book

A significant amount of TSSG time was spent on completing content and providing reviews for Chapters 1, 2, the papers within Chapter 3 and the glossary of the ENABLE booklet.



Attended the “Convergence: New Opportunities for Accelerating the IPv6 Momentum” event on the 1st & 2nd June 2006 in Vienna, Austria (http://www.ipv6-convergence-vienna.net)..





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