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Re: shim6 @ NANOG (forwarded note from John Payne)

  • From: Joe Abley
  • Date: Wed Mar 01 01:53:45 2006

On 1-Mar-2006, at 01:06, Christian Kuhtz wrote:

However, the only alternative on the table is a v6 swamp.
Would that really be so bad? I keep being bonked on the head by this thing called Moore's law.
I don't know that anybody can tell how bad it might be. It'd be a shame if it turned out to be really bad, and we had no fallback plan.

Shim6 also has some features which aren't possible with the swamp -- for example, it allows *everybody* to multi-home, down to people whose entire infrastructure consists of an individual device, and to do so in a scaleable way.

I think until you slay the daemon of default global reachability (which is counter to everything IP), draining the swamp is an exercise in futility. Controlling the flooding OTOH is a creative posture.
The point is that in v6, there is not yet a swamp to drain.