heads up on 80/8 [actually operational, so don't read this!!!]

Sean M. Doran smd at clock.org
Wed May 16 15:15:45 UTC 2001

| Several weeks old info.  I am suprised that ICANN and or RIPE haven't made
| the operational announcement to the NANOG or other lists.

Not to invite a flamewar or anything, but it's not really
an operational issue until some operator tries to route
whatever they are allocated by the IRRs (RIPE, ARIN, APNIC).

None of the IRRs (or ICANN) can really make ANY promise
whatsoever that their allocations are globally routable.

(This will be particularly true of ever-longer prefixes
as they are allocated by various IRRs.   IOW, who cares
if the IRRs hand out /32s or /128s - just so long as 
people understand that the odds of global reachability in
both steady state and during convergence [*] decrease 
roughly proportionally to the length of the prefix).

So, this could well have been the first time an operator
has found an operational issue with 80/8 that is relevant
to the NANOG audience. :-)

| Thanks for posting it to NANOG

You're very welcome - hey, first public-act-of-smd in many days.

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Sean Doran <smd at use.net> / <smd at ebone.net>
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[*] http://www.ripe.net/docs/ripe-210.html

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