A call for the future. Was: Re: Verio Decides what parts ofthe internet to drop

Randy Bush randy at psg.com
Wed Dec 8 15:22:55 UTC 1999

> The phone system doesn't require anything close to millions of routes for
> LNP.  Instead, at the time of call setup, there is a lookup that performs
> the translation between the portable number (which is the logical address)
> and the physical address (which to date is still mostly statically
> routed using a well-defined hierarchy based upon physical location).

and here is where the anology breaks down.  a second or two of call setup
may be acceptable for establishing a phone call.  it would be a disaster
on a per-packet basis.

ip is a connectionless protocol.  before hitting the reply key, think about


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