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Re: IPv6 end user addressing
From: Randy Carpenter <rcarpen () network1 net>
Date: Mon, 08 Aug 2011 19:34:50 -0400 (EDT)
I heard at one time that hardware manufacturers were likely to route in hardware only down to a /64, and that any
smaller subnets would be subject to the "slow path" as ASICs were being designed with 64-bit address tables. I have no
idea of the validity of that claim. Does anyone have any concrete evidence for or against this argument?
If true, it would make /64s even more attractive.
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we assign /112 per "end user vlan (or server)" at this moment...
perfectly fine (and thats even "a bit too big").
- nobody wants to use dynamic ips on -servers- or -router links-
i -really- can't see why people don't just use subnets with just the
required number of addresses.
take one /64 (for /64's sake ;), split it up into subnets which each
the required number of addresses (lets say you have 2-4 addresses for
bgp/router link, so you simply split it up into subnets that size)
no need to use /64 for -everything- at all, just because it fits
(ethernet) mac addresses (as if ethernet will be around longer than
ha-ha, someone will come up with something faster tomorrow and then
bye bye ethernet, the 10ge variant is getting slow, and the 100ge
is not even standardized yet, and trunking is a bottleneck ;)
we don't use /24's for -everything- on ipv4 now do we :P
(oh wait, there once was a time where we did.. due to another
semi-automatic configuration thingy, called RIP , which also only
to understand /24 or bigger ;)
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On Mon, 8 Aug 2011, Owen DeLong wrote:
On Aug 7, 2011, at 4:26 PM, Jeff Wheeler wrote:
On Sun, Aug 7, 2011 at 6:58 PM, Mark Andrews <marka () isc org>
So you want HE to force all their clients to renumber.
No. I am simply pointing out that Owen exaggerated when he stated
that he implements the following three practices together on his
* hierarchical addressing
* nibble-aligned addressing
* /48 per access customer
You can simply read the last few messages in this thread to learn
his recommendations on this list are not even practical for his
network today, because as Owen himself says, they are not yet able
obtain additional RIR allocations. HE certainly operates a
high-profile tunnel-broker service which is IMO a very great asset
the Internet at-large; but if you spend a few minutes looking at
publicly available statistics on this service, they average only
around 10,000 active tunnels across all their tunnel termination
combined. They have not implemented the policies recommended by
because, as he states, a /32 is not enough.
Do I think the position he advocates will cause the eventual
exhaustion of IPv6? Well, let's do an exercise:
There has been some rather simplistic arithmetic posted today,
new subnets per year, etc. with zero consideration of
utilization efficiency within ISP networks and individual
router pools. That is foolish. We can all pull out a calculator
figure that 2000::/3 has space for 35 trillion /48 networks. That
isn't how they will be assigned or routed.
The effect of 2011-3 is that an out-sized ISP like AT&T has every
justification for deciding to allocate 24 bits worth of subnet ID
their "largest POP," say, one that happens to terminate layer-3
services for all customers in an entire state. They then have
support for allocating the same sized subnet for every other POP,
matter how small. After all, the RIR policy permits them to
additional allocations as soon as one POP subnet has become full.
So now you have a huge ISP with a few huge POPs, and a lot of
ones, justified in assigning the same size aggregate prefix,
for 2^24 subnets, to all those small POPs as well. How many
POPs might this huge ISP have? Any number. It could be every
office with some kind of layer-3 customer aggregation router. It
could even be every road-side hut for FTTH services. Perhaps they
will decide to address ten thousand POPs this way.
Now the nibble-aligned language in the policy permits them to
from 10,000 POPs to 16 bits worth of address space for "POP ID."
AT&T is quite justified in requesting:
48 (customer subnet length) - 24 (largest POP subnet ID size) -
(POP ID) == a /8 subnet for themselves.
Right up until you read:
If an LIR has already reached a /12 or more, ARIN will
allocate a single additional /12 rather than continue
expanding nibble boundaries.
As you can see, there is a safety valve in the policy at /12 for
Now you can see how this policy, and addressing scheme, is utterly
brain-dead. It really does put you (and me, and everyone else) in
real danger of exhausting the IPv6 address space. All it takes is
few out-sized ISPs, with one large POP each and a bunch of smaller
ones, applying for the maximum amount of address space permitted
Even by your calculations, it would take 256 such outsized ISPs
a safety valve. With the safety valve that is built into the policy
it would take 4,096 such ISPs. I do not believe that there are more
about 20 such ISPs world wide at this time and would put the
likely maximum at less than 100 due to the need for customers to
such outsized ISPs and the limited base that would have to be