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  1. IPv6 in CableLabs DOCSIS 3.0IETF v6ops wg meetingIETF#65 Ralph Droms (rdroms@cisco.com) Alain Durand (alain_durand@cable.comcast.com) Deepak Kharbanda (d.kharbanda@cablelabs.com) Jean-François Mulé (jfm@cablelabs.com)

  2. Agenda • Motivation: Why IPv6 in cable networks? • DOCSIS 3.0 modems and IPv6 • Deployment scenarios; how IPv6 is used • Conclusion

  3. Motivation: Why IPv6 in cable networks? • IPv6 for the provisioning/management of end devices (CM, MTA, STB) • Some MSOs have already encountered the limits of RFC1918 addressing • Video set top boxes becoming DOCSIS provisioned create a surge in IP address demand. • Provide IPv6 connectivity within the home.

  4. Docsis 3.0 Modems and Mode of Operation • Docsis 3.0 modems will be IPv6 ready (dual stack v4 & v6) • When configured on IPv4-only CMTS, Docsis 3.0 modems will be provisioned using IPv4 • when configured on IPv6-enable CMTS, Docsis 3.0 modems will be provisioned either using IPv4 or using IPv6. A mode is defined where both IPv4 & IPv6 addresses are available • In some deployment where IPv4 address space is an issue, Docsis 3.0 modems will not have both IPv4 & IPv6 addresses at the same time Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem Docsis 3.0 Cable Modem UDP6 UDP6 UDP4 UDP4 or or IPv6 IPv6 IPv4 IPv4 NIC driver NIC driver NIC driver depending on an L2 config message

  5. CM features • CM can pass IPv4 or IPv6 traffic regardlessof the IP version it is provisioned with • CM is provisioned with DHCP and/or DHCPv6 • No stateless autoconf • Some CM will operate as a L2 bridges, some as L3 routers • Get IPv6 prefix with DHCPv6-PD • Act as local DHCP/DHCPv6 server • Enable stateless autoconf of end devices • No routing protocol (default route only) • Enable NAT for IPv4 • Implement MIBs • MLDv2 proxy

  6. Customer admin domain MSO admin domain Access model 1 • Servers • DHCP, DNS • TFTP • TOD • Management CM1 bridge CPE1 Access model 2 To Internet HOME / SMB CORE HFC CPE router CM2 bridge CMTS router CPE2 Access model 3 HOME / SMB CM router CPE3 DOCSIS 3.x IPv6 Example Architecture Management prefix: 2001:DB8:FFFF:0::/64 Service prefix: 2001:DB8:FFFE:0::/64 Customer 2 prefix: 2001:DB8:2::/48 Customer 3 prefix: 2001:DB8:3::/48 MSO management; assigned 2001:DB8:FFFF:0::/64 MSO service 2001:DB8:FFFE:0::/64 Customer 2 premises link; assigned 2001:DB8:2:0::/64 Customer 3 premises link; assigned 2001:DB8:3:0::/64

  7. Address Configuration Choices • Why DHCPv6 for CM address allocation? • Follow the same provisioning model as in IPv4 • Enable tight control of addresses in use • DHCPv6 act as access control mechanism as in IPv4 • Enable simple Dynamic DNS updatefrom the DHCPv6 server • How can a CMTS force DHCPv6 (and prevent stateless autoconf)? • Send RA with prefix list empty • Set M&O bit to 1 • The rest is plain vanilla IPv6

  8. Conclusion • MSOs will deploy large number of dual-stack capable devices with only one stack enabled, equivalent to IPv6 only devices • CM, STB only need to communicate with servers internal to MSO that can be dual-stack • Some MSOs may deploy IPv6-only MTA. Those will have to communicate with IPv4-only MTA… Need a solution there! • DOCSIS 3.0 depends on IETF specification of DHCPv6 options.