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

  • From: Joe Abley
  • Date: Wed Mar 01 10:49:01 2006

On 1-Mar-2006, at 10:33, John Payne wrote:

On Mar 1, 2006, at 1:52 AM, Joe Abley wrote:

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.
Only if *everybody* has a shim6 capable stack...
Not quite -- the practical usefulness of the multi-homing increases with the deployment of shim6-capable stacks. You could imagine a threshold of server and host upgrades which would provide useful multi-homing a good proportion of the time without universal deployment.

If Linux and the currently-supported variants of Windows were to be updated to support shim6, and we waited through three or four widely- publicised security vulnerabilities which required OS/kernel upgrades, perhaps that would be sufficient deployment for the benefits of shim6 to be felt, most of the time. My hands are waving again, of course.

I feel fairly certain I have exceeded some kind of unenforced posting threshold to this list in the last twelve hours. I will try hard to be quiet for a while, now :-)