Christopher Morrow wrote:
> The true dilemma is that any amelioration of IPv4 scarcity may
> contribute to further delaying mass global IPv6 adoption,
> whose effort and time is involved.
What's the actual proposal for 240/4?
Is it: "Make this usable by me on my /intranet/?"
Is it: "Make this usable across the internet between bespoke endpoints?"
Is it: "Make this usable for any services/users on the wider internet, treat it like any other unicast ipv4 address?"
Is it: "Something entirely different"
The first 2 probably already work today, if you take the time to control the horizontal and vertical of your networking space.
The last is probably workable, given enough time to flush out all of the endpoints which (today) probably treat 240/4 as 'special'.
240/4 has a special problem. The problem is that the smallest bit of cooperation from the broader community, other than those expending effort on 240/4 directly is required.
Mostly so that any potential use of 240/4 continues to be standardized. Which in theory, is in all parties best interest.
I think the current draft pretty much wanted a word or two changed.
So.. to move forward with 240/4 on the wider internet you'd need a bunch of software / hardware updates, and time for those to rollout.
Then you'd need sacrificial lambs in the user and service endpoints.
Nobody is asking for any assistance with that. It will happen or not based upon those who wish to expend effort on it. Apparently, most if it has already happened.
All of this to regain ~16 /8's worth of space (presuming you could use 255/8?).
Really, so that anything standardized can be done with it, rather than nothing.
This is about extending some utilization capability of IPv4, but it is also about preserving standard driven behavior.
I think a /8 is 'free' on the internet for about a month, so 1.5 yrs of new address allocations, terrific?
That was the old paradigm, in the old days. Currently a /8 goes pretty far and its likely to only get further.
At the end of the day, again, almost all proposals to 'add more ipv4 space' come down to 1 month per /8.
I think part of Jordi's point is:
"Is that 1 month really worth the effort?
All the effort requested is for all those who think its wall head banging to say knock yourself out, we are unopposed to changing how IPv4 obsolete addresses are managed because we have already bet on IPv6. Take whatever you want. Change whatever you want. We dont care.
Thats not a whole lot of effort being requested of the unwilling in exchange for their continued relevance. All the rest of the efforts are expected to come from the willing, able and ready. Not your concern.
But perhaps you do care. Why?
is there a reason that all of the softare/hardware uplift and time to deploy is not being spent on v6?"
Perhaps you think that stymieing any effort on IPv4 is important to marshall the worlds attention to IPv6. Which if the shoe were on the other foot you would find galling and obnoxious.
There are many reasons why IPv6 hasnt done that all on its own and pretty much most if not all of them have nothing to do with 240/4
They have to do with IPv6. And we have heard them over and over again. Look inwards.
In short, IPv6 apparently keep losing to the cost vs. benefits analysis being performed by countless people in countless situations. You can claim that it should not, but that is not what is happening.
You cant make IPv4 more expensive than it already is doing all by itself. It is wrong to try. And apparently, its not expensive enough to drive mass adoption of v6, with any degree of alacrity.
v6 must have costs in contexts that have been under-addressed. Its time to knowledge them and perhaps work to address them.
At this point in our matrix timeline it seems to me that:
"If you were going to deploy v6, you did... if you didn't oh, well.. eventually you will?"
Much like Itanium vs. amd64, there are other ways this can turn out, the longer it drags out. I think those ways are potentially more undesirable than extending IPv4 use in a standardized fashion now.
I'd prefer to not have to deploy in a rush or on timelines I can't cointrol if I hadn't deployed already.
Will that timeline be 'soon' anytime soon? I don't know I think Grant's "not until i'm long retired" guess
is as good as any though
I for one would like to say I did all the tiny amount I conceivably could to leave the internet a better place than I found it.
And I think that means giving IPv4 all the runway it needs to properly decelerate to the fullest extent possible or at least not obstructing those who would try.
Remember, the dual stack migration was predicated on working v4. They are just trying to patch that flawed transition plan to keep it going.
Its really hard to explain to people how 4bn IPv4 addresses are all used up while at the same time there are still more than a hundred million of addresses in theory potentially available but unusable by anybody. Without pointing fingers. Especially when its the same people who have just paid some significant sum for the rights to use a few of those numbers.