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Re: IPv6 news

  • From: Michael.Dillon
  • Date: Wed Oct 19 06:20:10 2005

> Again, phone numbers and their portability can and should not be
> compared with the IP address portability issues.  They're very
> different animals.

That's your elephant. My elephant looks different.

Phone numbers and IP addresses are exactly the same.
They are numbers used to identify the location to which
I want to connect. They are allocated from a numbering
plan with a fixed number of digits/bits. The numbering plans
are running out of space. One solution being used in 
both telephony and IP networks, is to carve out smaller
allocations (CIDR/pooling) to make the number plan
last longer.

Sometimes the fact that phone networks are like
pink elephants, not grey, is important. Other times
The grey elephant keepers watch the behavior of 
pink elephants to learn about elephants in general.

I never suggested that one could mindlessly apply
techniques from the telephony world in the IP network
world. But we can understand our problems better if
we compare them to the telephony world, the ATM world,
and maybe even the world of Advanced Data Path 
Routing Techniques for Three Tier KVM Networks?

There are also lessons to be learned outside the 
world of telecoms networks by studying the distribution
of market towns in ancient Mesopotamia or the crystalline
lattice of the skeletons of diatoms and dinoflagellates.

--Michael Dillon