The global launch of IPv6 last month went without a hitch.




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July 23, 2012
Zach Walton Despite Challenges, Netflix is now Streaming using IPv6
By Zach Walton
The global launch of IPv6 last month went without a hitch. All the companies involved can pat themselves on the back for a job well done. While some of the companies haven’t fully detailed their involvement in the launch, Netflix has been surprisingly open about the challenges of dealing with IPv6.

The launch of IPv6 for Netflix was all about making sure nobody lost their service while they made the change. That’s why they focused exclusively on the PC/Mac platforms for the launch because they met all the requirements needed for the switch. The interesting part is the problems they ran into.

Due to the large amounts of data they process, it was found that there was a leak in the IPv6 code that caused the cache that processes the IPv6 to hang. It just goes to show you that IPv6 can not be treated the same as IPv4 when programming for it. In a similar vein, they wanted to use a program that bypasses DNS on IPv4 on IPv6, but found that they are not compatible. [...]

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