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Re: The Gorgon's Knot. Was: Re: Verio Peering Question

  • From: Valdis.Kletnieks
  • Date: Fri Sep 28 21:55:28 2001

On Fri, 28 Sep 2001 23:17:52 BST, "E.B. Dreger" said:
> 3. Establish guidelines on what is "acceptable" table size, CPU
>    utilization, etc., and then decide how to get there.

Oh, that one's EASY.

The global routing table is hereby capped at 125K routes.  After that,
if you want a route, you have to pay somebody to give up theirs.

Problem solved ;)

This will have some advantages - it will make companies that want to multi-home
calculate the actual benefit of doing so ("we should multihome" becomes "it would
cost an estimated $nnK a year in downtime/unreachability/lost sales") so they
know how much they want to bid for a routing table entry.  For many companies,
it may not actually make as much business sense to multihome as they thought.

ISPs will have a new thing to market - premium services to enhance reliability
and uptime without a route announcement (more aggressive marketing of multihoming
to 2 POPs of the same ISP for a discount off the normal price for 2 pipes?)

In the dot-bombed crash, a large number of companies will probably be willing
to sell off their route for a quick infusion of cash.

route squatters will probably not be as big an issue as domain squatters.

Disadvantages?  ARIN and company are unpopular enough without acting as
a commodity trade market for buying and selling routes.

And the SEC will of course be on the lookout for insider trading in route futures -
expect investigations the first time somebody shorts on a future. ;)

It would be a strange new world - but at least the routing table wouldn't be
growing. ;)