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    IP Numbers Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch...
    posted by michael on Monday April 02 2001, @10:57AM

    The Economist carries a story entitled Upgrading the Internet which touts the virtues of IPv6, prompting this response (to Dave Farber's Interesting-People list) asserting that "IPv6 does *nothing* to address the fundamental problems of IPv4, but rather it makes them *worse*. " Combine that cheerful thought with Carolyn Duffy Marsan's article for Network World (via IT World) Faster 'Net growth rate raises fears about routers, which talks about the rate of change to entries in the router table leading to a potential crisis for the Internet, and it looks as if we are in for interesting times.



    Key paragraphs in the Marsan article:
    After years of predictable growth, the size of the routing table and traffic in it exploded during the past six months, topping 104,000 entries in March, compared with 75,000 a year ago. Even more troubling is evidence that frequent updates to the routing table entries by network managers are causing instability in the Internet's backbone routing infrastructure.

    Nobody knows how big or how active the routing table can get before the Internet's core routers start crashing. But current projections show that if the growth goes unchecked, the Internet could face a router processing-power crunch in as soon as 18 months.

    Kinda puts DNS squabbles in perspective, doesn't it?

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