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Re: Request for Comments on a topological address block for N. Calif.
From: Dave Siegel <dsiegel () rtd com>
Date: Mon, 25 Sep 1995 13:28:00 -0700 (MST)

Look, we have two choices: we can make the addressing follow the 'net's
topology, or we can make the 'net's topology follow the addressing. They
*have* to be connected, *we* only get to chose which comes first.

Making the addresses follow the topology means that we have a lot more
flexibility to make the connectivity respond to traffic patterns, policy
demands, etc, etc; the addresses then trail along behind. If the topology has
to follow the addressing, you *can't* have the topology be completely free to
respond to user's needs.

Well, if we use a concept of dynamic communities, by using tools to constantly
analyze 'show ip bgp' outputs, and compare against existing community 
strucutures, I think we can built a distribution filter that can isolate
specific routes to where they need to be, providing only a very minimum
of free transit to various providers.  It encompasses a combination of 
geographic and provider based addressing, and would float between the two
as migrations occur (probably on a weekly basis).

I'm working on such a thing now.  Don't know when I'll have a proposal 
finished, though.

Dave Siegel                     President, RTD Systems & Networking, Inc.
(520)318-0696                   Systems Consultant -- Unix, LANs, WANs, Cisco
dsiegel () rtd com                      User Tracking & Acctg -- "Written by an ISP, 
http://www.rtd.com/                                             for an ISP."

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