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    IP Numbers A New Approach to IP Address Exhaustion?
    posted by michael on Monday April 16 2001, @10:45AM

    Opinions differ on how much of the IPv4 address space is actually being used, and how much is being hoarded, but there's clearly demand that cannot easily be satisfied whatever the reasons. Big blocks are hard to come by, and the people who start ISPs -- not to mention the ones who want to give every block of cheese in your fridge an IP number -- are worried. Thus, NAT and other things....and IPv6. Now, here comes Slashdot with a story on AVES (Address Virtualization Enabling Service).

    The AVES web page describes it as "a research project at the Department of Computer Science of Carnegie Mellon University, initiated by Ph.D. student Eugene Ng together with Prof. Hui Zhang of CMU and Prof. Ion Stoica of UC Berkeley. Its goal is to solve one of the biggest problems in the Internet today -- connecting hosts without IP addresses (or, more precisely, globally unique IPv4 addresses)."

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    Re: A New Approach to IP Address Exhaustion?
    by ShermanOakes on Monday April 16 2001, @07:27PM (#537)
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    Over the years there have been many proposals that either avoid addresses (for example, Nimrod from Noel Chiappa) or that use third party intermediation (SNA and its System Services Control Points, SSCP's).

    The ability to support end-to-end security/encryption is often a lacking in these approaches. And sometimes these proposals introduce "state" into devices inside the network - and "stateful" networks are often difficult to scale-up to any significant size, much less something as big as the Internet.

    One has to be very careful to evaluate these kinds of proposals to make sure that they really do provide something new and better.

    Our big problem in the Internet is not lack of addresses - yes the IPv4 address space is getting tight. But we are going to run into routing failures long before we run out of IPv4 addresses.

    I believe that it will be a combination of IPv6 plus new ideas on routing that will get us through the developing routing crunch and expansion into home networking.
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