IPv6 measurements

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The updates of MERIT have stopped in early 2004, so the data on this page is not updated anymore.

MERIT has been dumping the 6bone routing table since March 1998. This data can be used for analyzing some long term trends of the IPv6 BGP routing table.

Below are the active IPv6 ASNs. There is an exponential growth of the number of ASNs that are participating in the global IPv6 internet, which is a good thing.

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Below is the number of unique IPv6 BGP route entries. The exponential growth seems to be slowing down to a linear growth.

unique routes

Below is the number of IPv6 BGP announcements divided by the total number of unique IPv6 BGP routes. Since about the beginning of 2002 there are not as many announcements per number of total routes anymore as there used to be. IPv6 routing seems to stabilize. This plot has a logarithmic Y-axis.

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Below is the number of IPv6 BGP withdraws divided by the total number of unique IPv6 BGP routes. The withdraw activity has diminished since about the beginning of 2002, stabilizing just like the announcement activity. This plot has a logarithmic Y-axis.

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Wed Sep 25 2013

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