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Exploring The State of Rate Limiting in IPv6

Heijningen, Pieter van (2023) Exploring The State of Rate Limiting in IPv6.

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Abstract:The rapid adoption of IPv6 and the availability of large address blocks pose new challenges for rate limiting in computer networking. Traditionally, rate limiting has been implemented on a per-IP basis in IPv4 networks. However because of the extensive address space in IPv6, users are assigned large ranges of address, rendering per-IP rate limiting inadequate. This paper aims to investigate the current state of rate limiting in IPv6 by addressing several research questions. Firstly, the implementation of IPv6 rate limiting in open-source software will be examined. Secondly, the approaches taken by various cloud providers in implementing IPv6 rate limiting will be analyzed. Additionally, the paper explores the policies of organizations involved in address assignment and their rationale behind the size of address blocks assigned to users. The methodology involves examining documentation and conducting local stress tests. The paper provides new insights into the current state of IPv6 rate limiting, given the scarcity of research in this area, although concretely addressing all research questions may be challenging.
Item Type:Essay (Bachelor)
Faculty:EEMCS: Electrical Engineering, Mathematics and Computer Science
Subject:54 computer science
Programme:Computer Science BSc (56964)
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