Network end users to pull down 2 gigabytes a day, continuously?

Gian Constantine constantinegi at
Tue Jan 9 18:55:47 UTC 2007

This is a little presumptuous on my part, but what other reason would  
motivate a migration to IPv6. I fail to see us running out of unicast  
addresses any time soon. I have been hearing IPv6 is coming for many  
years now. I think video service is really the only motivation for  

I am wrong on plenty of things. This may very well be one of them. :-)

Gian Anthony Constantine
Senior Network Design Engineer
Earthlink, Inc.

On Jan 9, 2007, at 1:21 PM, Marshall Eubanks wrote:

> On Jan 9, 2007, at 1:04 PM, Gian Constantine wrote:
>> You are correct. Today, IP multicast is limited to a few small  
>> closed networks. If we ever migrate to IPv6, this would instantly  
>> change.
> I am curious. Why do you think that ?
> Regards
> Marshall
>> One of my previous assertions was the possibility of streaming  
>> video as the major motivator of IPv6 migration. Without it, video  
>> streaming to a large market, outside of multicasting in a closed  
>> network, is not scalable, and therefore, not feasible. Unicast  
>> streaming is a short-term bandwidth-hogging solution without a  
>> future at high take rates.
>> Gian Anthony Constantine
>> Senior Network Design Engineer
>> Earthlink, Inc.
>> Office: 404-748-6207
>> Cell: 404-808-4651
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>> constantinegi at
>> On Jan 9, 2007, at 11:47 AM, Joe Abley wrote:
>>> On 9-Jan-2007, at 11:29, Gian Constantine wrote:
>>>> Those numbers are reasonably accurate for some networks at  
>>>> certain times. There is often a back and forth between  
>>>> BitTorrent and NNTP traffic. Many ISPs regulate BitTorrent  
>>>> traffic for this very reason. Massive increases in this type of  
>>>> traffic would not be looked upon favorably.
>>> The act of regulating p2p traffic is a bit like playing whack-a- 
>>> mole. At what point does it cost more to play that game than it  
>>> costs to build out to carry the traffic?
>>>> If you considered my previous posts, you would know I agree  
>>>> streaming is scary on a large scale, but unicast streaming is  
>>>> what I reference. Multicast streaming is the real solution.  
>>>> Ultimately, a global multicast network is the only way to  
>>>> deliver these services to a large market.
>>> The trouble with IP multicast is that it doesn't exist, in a wide- 
>>> scale, deployed, inter-provider sense.
>>> Joe

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