[ppml] Proposed Policy: 4-Byte AS Number Policy Proposal

Geoff Huston gih at apnic.net
Thu Dec 15 15:24:22 EST 2005

I just realized that in that last posting I introduced a new AS number 
space - namely the "6 bit AS Number"

No, this is not a resurgence of those often bizarre coding formats of the 
1960's - just put it down to brain - finger interaction problems. Obviously 
I meant to say "16 bit" :-)



  06:38 AM 16/12/2005, Geoff Huston wrote:
>At 01:34 AM 16/12/2005, william(at)elan.net wrote:
> >On Thu, 15 Dec 2005, Bill Darte wrote:
> >
> > > the leverage to move.  If you think the dates cannot be met,
> >
> >No, I don't think these dates will be met. Nor does IETF have a good
> >record in meeting proposed dates for introduction of new technologies
> >or meeting its own deadlines in WGs for that matter...
>When you say "the dates cannot be met" don't forget that the industry is
>positioning itself against a very hard barrier - namely the exhaustion of
>the 6 bit AS number space, and the transition into a larger 4 byte pool is
>one that cannot be deferred for anyone's particular convenience. So if this
>date will not be met, the only alternative is ... ? This is not a
>choice-rich environment here, and exhaustion of a finite resource pool
>tends to drive a set of imperatives that, ultimately, are not easy to argue

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