The IESG Approved the Expansion of the AS Number Registry

Chris L. Morrow christopher.morrow at
Fri Dec 1 16:02:55 UTC 2006

On Fri, 1 Dec 2006, Andy Davidson wrote:
> RIPE will be accepting requests for 32-bit ASNs from 1/1/07,
> according to an email to ncc-services two weeks ago.  It does not
> feel too early to start to understand what we must do to as a
> community to guarantee ubiquity of reachable networks.

So, all of the current devices need to get upgraded before 'day one' of
32-bit ASN use... that'll be fun :) Why is RIPE passing out the 32-bit
ASN's now? aren't there still plenty (+20k or so) 16-bit ASN's out there
for assignment? (perhaps I'm missing something on the need to allocate the
new asn's?)

> There were no definitive answers when John Payne asked on the list
> about images supporting 32 bit as numbers - are any independent
> bodies going to setup a route behind a 32-bit ASN so that we can
> start public reachability testing ?

Given a 32-bit ASN I'd be happy to upgrade code on a connected device and
announce a route... of course I'm not sure my upstream will do the right
thing with the announcement since it doesn't know (probably) about 32-bit

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