Whoa; the 3 network?

Randall Pigott nanog at pigott.net
Thu Jan 1 03:23:14 UTC 1998

hi ran - let's take this off the group and onto private email, ok?

At 08:54 AM 12/29/97 -0800, Ran Atkinson wrote:

>  False statement and faulty logic.  GE merely changed the address
>for the GE folks handling their network address to be the office
>in Princeton.
>  Net 3 has always been GE address space, even before GE repurchased
>RCA during the 80s.  In fact, for many years the Net 3 entry at
>the SRI NIC pointed to a GE Simulation facility in Florida
>because someone there was the address allocation stuckee for
>all of GE.

and where did it point even father back when the address space was defined
by the darpa host table, updated by crude non-deterministic scripts?

>  RCA might have been given address space back then, but it wasn't
>Net 3.  In the early 80s, when RCA was not owned by GE, GE had
>already been alloated Net 3 by the SRI NIC.  I was a GE employee
>at the time and involved in renumbering some internal networks
>into Net 3 at the time.

you neglected to include the history of the 3 space *before* it was
transferred to ge.  or the contract task win by ge and the various task
rebadgings and reallocations over the research years.  ge lost the
follow-on but *kept* net 3.  my statements still stand as accurate, to the
best of my rapidly-decaying memory :)  age is getting less kind every

look, the whole point of this orig reply was to set the thread off onto a
productive course of discussion on how and why to use public ip numbers
more efficiently that having dozens of /8 blocks out there apparently with
lame allocation or inefficient use. if that got network operators talking
about using nat to provide more efficient enterprise networks and then
apply those techniques in relevant ways to our own network architectures,
then i was successful.  that was the only point.  whether it was ge or
xyzzy is *not* the point. (be sure to leave column 7 blank on the coding
form for a single-line entry - or was that column 6?:)

there could be well over 10 to 15 billion ip addresses right now being
hogged whose use cannot be defended against the greater need of other
public network operators.  this is itself a corporate theft-of-service,
more white-collar and passive a danger to the growth of the internet than
spammers but certainly no less an odious crime.  combos of nat between
rfc1918 hosts inter-firewall and private numbering within the vpn can
provide good service to a ge or other wasteful /8 delegees with enterprise
networks, with *only* a few classful b's and  still provide a good level of
security - maybe even better security in some respects.  

it is irrelevant to the argument whether one uses ping only because it was
not worth more than two minutes of one's time, or if one works more in
depth and spends more time with sh ip bgp or looking glass tools.  i was
not seeking to perform an in-depth quantitative analysis, and most readers
knew that.  everyone knows few public hosts still have icmp enabled in
these new and scary times.

the point remains - this issue of wasteful and indefensible ip hoarding by
legacy delegees needs spading to get the worms and parasites exposed to the
sunlight and fresh air.  that the hoarders are large corporations is no
excuse, in fact it makes their waste and abuse even less tolerable.  that
issue *is* relevant, and discussion of network architectures to more
efficiently use ip number resources is very much on-topic to nanog.

now, let's give randy bush a break and take any more p*ssing about ge vs.
rca to private mail, ok? :)  nanog subscribers have too much to read
without learning the history of gov't contracting 101 on the

happy new year, everyone!


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