UDP-IPv6 performance in peer-to-peer gigabit ethernet using modern Windows and Linux systems
Soorty, B; Sarkar, NI
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In this paper the performance of IPv6 is investigated using Windows and Linux operating systems over a Gigabit Ethernet link. IPv6 is set to take over IPv4 and is built into most new Windows and Linux client/server operating systems (OSs). Deploying IPv6 in larger networks requires an evaluation to determine which new OS would be most efficient in terms of bandwidth and latency for both TCP and UDP (User Datagram Protocol) applications. While most previous studies have focused on TCP-IPv6 evaluation, a very few researchers have actually evaluated UDP-IPv6 using modern OSs. In this paper we quantify the performance of UDP for IPv6 against IPv4 using four commonly used Windows and Linux systems. Quality of service (QoS) parameters such as throughput, latency, jitter and CPU usage are measured empirically to determine which OS provides the best system performance over IPv6 networks. The effect of packet length on system performance is also investigated. Our findings reported in this paper provide some insight into UDP-IPv6 performance for those operating systems and the effects of packet length on performance.