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Re: The Gorgon's Knot. Was: Re: Verio Peering Question
From: Valdis.Kletnieks () vt edu
Date: Fri, 28 Sep 2001 21:51:49 -0400

On Fri, 28 Sep 2001 23:17:52 BST, "E.B. Dreger" said:
3. Establish guidelines on what is "acceptable" table size, CPU
   utilization, etc., and then decide how to get there.

Oh, that one's EASY.

The global routing table is hereby capped at 125K routes.  After that,
if you want a route, you have to pay somebody to give up theirs.

Problem solved ;)

This will have some advantages - it will make companies that want to multi-home
calculate the actual benefit of doing so ("we should multihome" becomes "it would
cost an estimated $nnK a year in downtime/unreachability/lost sales") so they
know how much they want to bid for a routing table entry.  For many companies,
it may not actually make as much business sense to multihome as they thought.

ISPs will have a new thing to market - premium services to enhance reliability
and uptime without a route announcement (more aggressive marketing of multihoming
to 2 POPs of the same ISP for a discount off the normal price for 2 pipes?)

In the dot-bombed crash, a large number of companies will probably be willing
to sell off their route for a quick infusion of cash.

route squatters will probably not be as big an issue as domain squatters.

Disadvantages?  ARIN and company are unpopular enough without acting as
a commodity trade market for buying and selling routes.

And the SEC will of course be on the lookout for insider trading in route futures -
expect investigations the first time somebody shorts on a future. ;)

It would be a strange new world - but at least the routing table wouldn't be
growing. ;)


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