No more IP for you

Ask Bjørn Hansen ask at
Wed Jan 20 16:51:42 GMT 2010

On Jan 20, 2010, at 6:28, Bruce Richardson wrote:

>> IPv6 offers much much larger ranges and much simpler renumbering schemes.
>> The old mistakes are undone: enough ways to make new mistakes.
> "The demand upon a resource tends to expand to match the supply of the
> resource.", to quote the general application of Parkinson's Law.  It may
> seem that IPV6 has a huge range to give out, but that is only going to
> encourage people to produce solutions where every light switch and light
> bulb in the world (and eventually every cell-maintaining nanobot in
> every human body) receives its own IPV6 address.  Once the conversion to
> IPV6 is passed, the new address space will be consumed at a much faster
> rate than the old one.

A standard end-user allocation is, currently, as many IPs as the full IPv4 address space.  The plan is to do it that way for the first 1/64th of the address space or something like that and see how that goes.

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