The U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) is planning to transition from Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4) to Internet Protocol Version 6 (Ipv6) by 2008, due to the anticipated shortage of IP network addresses needed by all new machines added to the Internet.

To validate the security, performance and interoperability of the Ipv6 network hardware and software, the DoD has launched the "Moonv6" test project in conjunction with the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL).

The test project is planned in two phases, the first recently completed with 30 companies participating, and the second set to begin this month.

Check Point Software Technologies and Sun Microsystems Inc. participated with the Check Point Next Generation with Application Intelligence, protecting against network and application-level attacks, running on a Sun UltraSparc system atop Solaris 9. The system was proven to interoperate with the switches, routers, applications and operating systems participating in the test.

The Moonv6 project is a collaboration between the North American IPv6 Task Force, the UNH-IOL, and the Defense Information System Agency's Joint Interoperability Testing Command.