TIPI is a group of researchers and engineers in the DIONYSOS project team (dependability, interoperability and performance analysis of networks) at IRISA.

The subjects of the research work about “Interoperability Testing” in the DIONYSOS team are:

In the team, TIPI group is in charge of the engineering part of the work, with a special focus on IPv6:

Testing Internet Protocols Interoperability: TIPI group at IRISA

TIPI group takes an active part in the work of the certification group “IPv6 Ready Logo Program”. The team is the representative of Europe in this program, both as technical experts for test specification development, and technical advisors for test results analysis in the certification process.

Since January 2005, the group is part of Point6 initiative, IPv6 skill center of Brittany region, supported by the “Regional Council of Brittany” (Conseil Régional de Bretagne). As a test laboratory approved by the IPv6 Ready Logo Program, our mission is to help companies in the process to integrate IPv6 protocols in their products or platforms. Our expertise and test platform are available for companies who want to benefit from our up to date and high quality tests, and from our assistance in reaching the “100 % pass criteria”, as requested by the IPv6 Ready Logo Program.

The team is involved in the IPv6 testing at ETSI since the first Task Force (STF). We have participated to STF 236 (IPv6 test scope), STF 256 (TTCN-3 IPv6 toolkit), and STF 276 (TTCN-3 Test Suites for IPv6), a joint ETSI (European Telecommunication Standardization Institute) and eEurope Standardization Project for the Development of Test Specifications for IPv6. Cesar Viho is still active member of the STF276 Steering Committee.

Since 2001, our engineers bring expertise to ETSI Plugtest service for the organization of the annual sessions of that IPv6 interoperability event. The TIPI group also takes part since 2001 in the annual sessions of interoperability organized by Japanese project TAHI.

TIPI group is the INRIA team of the Go4IT Project (the European project on TTCN-3 based Test Tools and Services for IPv6 protocols). The purpose of the Go4IT project is to provide a generic low cost test environment and associated test services, together with free of charge executable test suites, targeting IPv6 focused protocol testing.

Based on the Point6 initiative, IRISA and Silicomp AQL are partners for IPv6 testing activities in Rennes, Britanny. So as to anticipate predictable growth of the needs for IPv6 testing, IRISA wished to outsource related services and engineering activities towards an industrial partner, and then concentrate on both research areas (network testing methods) while maintaining the certification role (IPv6 Ready Logo Committee). This partnership is visible through common efforts on developing a TTCN-3 test environment for IPv6, in which IRISA concentrates on the elaboration of the test methodology (and associated tools: see T3DevKit), and Silicomp AQL put skill and efforts on the development of additional test suites for IPv6.

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