[address-policy-wg] applicability of a request for 60000 IPv4 addresses/systems in one shot...
Fotis Georgatos fotis at mail.cern.ch
Tue Feb 26 20:12:39 CET 2008
Hi Michael, O/H michael.dillon at bt.com έγραψε: [...] > The thing that worries me about giving any kind of special support > to any sort of VM deployment is that it will cause the IPv4 > address space to run out sooner. The consumption rate is no > longer constrained to the number of CPU chips produced but > now can grow faster which leads to a power law increase in > demand. Yes, yes and no worries: The reason being that VM resources are much more "elastic" in their deployment and once/if they create an excaustion of address space, it will become possible to do a smoother migration to IPv6, rather than reaching a day-0 where you either get IPv6 or nothing at all. (because in the meantime any VM-based solutions will also improve, since the incentives will be so high and migration paths doable) > It won't be too long before someone suggests changing policies > to no longer accept virtual machines as a justification for > address space. We all fully understand the implications. We wondered if there was already a previous explicit discussion about it (aparrently not, hm?), at policy level, exactly because of the reasons you mentioned above. But, I find the line of thinking that wants life on the Internet to be independent of its physical incarnation is genuinely forward-looking. cheers, Fotis