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Re: Commodity (was RE: [Fwd: Kremen ...])
> > Since IP addresses are tightly tied to the network > > architecture, how can they ever be liquid? > > How are PI addresses tightly tied to network architecture? What percentage of the total IPv4 address space is PI? If non-PI addresses are not property then how do PI addresses gain that attribute? --Michael Dillon P.S. PI addresses get configured into devices just the same as non-PI addresses. If you could sell a PI block then you would be faced with the prospect of renumbering all those devices. DHCP makes end-user devices pretty easy, but devices in the NETWORK ARCHITECTURE pose more of a problem. In addition there are some people who use IP addresses encoded in hardware in a non-mutable fashion. Those people will apply for PI allocations which, on average, makes PI addresses more tied to the hardware than non-PI. But the important points are not the ones mentioned in this postscript.