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Re: The IESG Approved the Expansion of the AS Number Registry

  • From: Andy Davidson
  • Date: Fri Dec 01 08:09:32 2006

On 30 Nov 2006, at 07:02, Chris L. Morrow wrote:

On Wed, 29 Nov 2006, Deepak Jain wrote:
Afraid so. I'm hoping to be out of the industry before calls for 128 bit
AS#s come down the pipe and people (at that time) are laughing about how
silly 32 bit AS#s seem.
anyone have a swag at the number of things that this (32bit asn) touches?
Yes, and it means plenty of work for us all - hurray. But we need to take action to preserve the availability of new AS numbers for new network builders.

RIPE will be accepting requests for 32-bit ASNs from 1/1/07, according to an email to ncc-services two weeks ago. It does not feel too early to start to understand what we must do to as a community to guarantee ubiquity of reachable networks.

There were no definitive answers when John Payne asked on the list about images supporting 32 bit as numbers - are any independent bodies going to setup a route behind a 32-bit ASN so that we can start public reachability testing ?