Friday, November 16, 2012

IPv6 and DNSSEC in San Diego

I'll be in San Diego, California in early December for the USENIX LISA 2012 conference. As part of the conference's training program, I'm teaching two courses - a full day on IPv6, and a half-day on DNS and DNSSEC.

The early registration deadline (cheaper rates) is November 19th. Various discounts are available for members of USENIX and LOPSA.

The IPv6 course "Using and Migrating to IPv6", is on Monday, December 10th. This is a revised and expanded version of the half-day course I taught at last year's LISA conference in Boston, Massachusetts, which was well received. I had originally proposed to do a full-day course last year too, but the organizers at the time felt that they wouldn't be able to attract enough attendees for day long session on IPv6. It turned out that my session was packed and the audience was quite engaged - I even ran over by 30 minutes to cover some advanced topics and almost everyone stayed the extra time. Hopefully I'll get a good turnout this time also.

The DNS and DNSSEC course, is on Tuesday morning, December 11th. This will cover the basic DNS protocol as well as the DNS Security Extensions, including practical configuration examples.

Attendee comments and feedback on my last IPv6 and DNS courses (PICC 12) are available if you're interested. In courses like these with audiences with potentially diverse backgrounds, it's rarely possible to please everyone, but my courses generally get almost uniformly positive reviews (so far at least).

Incidentally, "IPv6 and DNSSEC" is one of the themes of the conference this year. Other sessions in the category include Owen DeLong of Hurricane Electric on "IPv6 Address Planning", Scott Rose of NIST on "Progress of DNSSEC deployment in the federal government", and Roland van Rijswijk of SURFnet on "DNSSEC, what every sysadmin should be doing to keep things working".

Vint Cerf is delivering the keynote on "The Internet of Things and Sensors and Actuators", which will surely discuss IPv6.

There are many other interesting sessions. Check out the agenda for the technical program, the training program, and the workshops.

Co-located with LISA, the Internet Society is also hosting its ION Conference on the afternoon of Tuesday, December 11th.  ION is a conference series organized by ISOC's Deploy360 programme, which provides deployment information on advanced technologies like IPv6, DNSSEC, secure routing, etc.

I'm moderating a panel session titled "Advancing the Network: Where We've Been, Where We're Headed" - joining me on the panel are Ron Broersma (DREN), Paul Ebersman (Infoblox), John Spence (Nephos6), and Paul Mockapetris (inventor of the DNS). Another panel focussed on DNSSEC is being run by Dan York. The full agenda is available.

Registration for the ION conference is free, but seats are limited.

Hope to see some of you in San Diego ..

Shumon Huque