(We created the Comcast Innovation Fund to support important research into the future of the Internet, with a focus on broadband, security and open-source development. In this series, we highlight grantees and their work.)

The Comcast Innovation Fund is pleased to announce the award of a grant to the Drexel University’s College of Computing & Informatics. This research will be directed by Gaurav Naik and will explore the extension of IPv6 using Segment Routing, both of which have or are in the process of being standardized by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF). Segment Routing is an extension of base IPv6 specification, which is in wide use today around the world.

IPv6 Segment Routing allows enabled adopters to program IPv6 packets instead of programming routers to facilitate the movement of IPv6 traffic in modern IP networks. Drexel has done significant research and development into advancing the standardization and adoption of IPv6 Segment Routing.

Outside of supporting the standardization of IPv6 Segment Routing, the objectives of this research are:

  • Implementations of IPv6 Segment Routing for Linux;
  • Reference implementation of applications that are based on IPv6 Segment Routing; and
  • An abstraction layer (API) that will facilitate, ease, and accelerate the development of IPv6 Segment Routing-based applications and services.

Segment routing is an intriguing technology, and we’re excited to follow the work of these talented technologists as they strive to advance it.