Designing and Building a Virtual Cyber Security Range; Analyzing the Competition Between Internet Protocol Versions 4 and 6

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Baggs, Emil, School of Engineering and Applied Science, University of Virginia
Kwon, Yonghwi, EN-Comp Science Dept, University of Virginia

The primary focus of both my technical and research work this year has been on computer networking. Compared to many aspects of computer science, computer networking is a field that is used by almost everyone in their everyday lives, yet very few people in today’s age actually have to understand how it functions. For this reason, I used these two papers to deepen my understanding of computer networks by focusing on two different goals that both relate to the future of computer networking. In my technical project, I designed a computer virtualization cluster and built an array of modular tools to automate building virtual networks on the cluster. With this project, I hoped to understand the future of how computer networking is starting to be abstracted away by software and automation tools to simplify and quicken the steps needed to build a functioning network with legitimate services running. In my research project, I examined the competition between the two predominant Internet Protocols: version 4 and version 6. During this research, I worked to answer the question of why Internet Protocol version 6 is taking so long to replace Internet Protocol version 4, despite its superior technical design. This question examines a larger trend in engineering to identify the impact nontechnical factors can have in the competitiveness of a technology.

BS (Bachelor of Science)
Computer Networks, Cyber Security, Automation

School of Engineering and Applied Science
Bachelor of Science in Computer Science
Technical Advisor: Yonghwi Kwon
STS Advisor: Joshua Earle
Technical Team Members: Emil Baggs

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