The KAME project was a joint effort of six organizations in Japan which aimed to provide a free IPv6 and IPsec (for both IPv4 and IPv6) protocol stack implementation for variants of the BSD Unix computer operating-system. The project began in 1998 and on November 7, 2005 it was announced that the project would be finished at the end of March 2006. The name KAME is a short version of Karigome, the location of the project's offices, and it also is a word for turtles.
The following organizations participated in the project:
- ALAXALA Networks Corporation
- Fujitsu, Ltd.
- Hitachi, Ltd.
- Internet Initiative Japan Inc.
- Keio University
- NEC Corporation
- University of Tokyo
- Toshiba Corporation
- Yokogawa Electric Corporation
FreeBSD, NetBSD and DragonFly BSD integrated IPSec and IPv6 code from the KAME project; OpenBSD integrated just IPv6 code rather than both (having developed their own IPSec stack). Linux also integrated code from the project in its native IPsec implementation.
- Hagen 2006, p. 346.
- Roy, Vincent (12 October 2004), Benchmarks for Native IPsec in the 2.6 Kernel, Linux Journal