Big Temporary Networks

Masataka Ohta mohta at
Fri Sep 21 00:51:10 UTC 2012

TJ wrote:

>>> So, a single example of IPv4 behaving in a suboptimal manner would be
>>> enough to declare IPv4 not operational?
>> For example?

> "Heavy reliance on broadcast for a wide range of instances where the
> traffic is really only destined for a single node" would seem to be rather
> sub-optimal.

It's not sub-optimal w.r.t. link bandwidth, if the link is
a broadcast domain. Moreover, broadcast is no worse than
all-node multicast.

And, given the CATENET model of the Internet to connect
broadcast domains including small number of devices by
routers, over which there is no broadcast, that is a
sub-optimal operation.

In this thread, there is an example of such an operation to
have a lot of WiFi base stations with omnidirectional antennas
at full power.

No protocol can be fool proof against sub-optimal operations.

						Masataka Ohta

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