6rd mechanism belongs to the same family as automatic 6to4, in which IPv6 traffic is encapsulated inside IPv4.
The key difference is that with 6rd, Service Providers use their own 6rd prefix and control the transition of their access-aggregation IPv4-only part of their networks to native IPv6. In the same time, SPs transparently provide IPv6 availability service to their customers.
6rd is generally referred as stateless transition mechanism.
In stateless mechanisms an algorithm is used to automatically map between addresses, the scope of mechanism is limited to a local domain in which devices, mapping device (6rd BR) and devices that need mapping (6rd CE), share a common elements of the configuration.
On a gateway device, we need to specify a specific address or a range of addresses (not used elsewhere) that will represent another range of addresses.
For example IPv4 NAT on Cisco (NAT44):
ip nat source …
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