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Observations on the Management of the Internet Address Space (RFC1744)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000003994D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2000-Sep-12
Document File: 10 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

G. Huston: AUTHOR

Abstract

This memo examines some of the issues associated with the current management practices of the Internet IPv4 address space, and examines the potential outcomes of these practices as the unallocated address pool shrinks in size. Possible modifications to the management practices are examined, and potential outcomes considered. Some general conclusions are drawn, and the relevance of these conclusions to the matter of formulation of address management policies for IPv6 are noted.

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Network Working Group G. Huston

Request for Comments: 1744 AARNet

Category: Informational December 1994

Observations on the Management of

the Internet Address Space

Status of this Memo

This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo

does not specify an Internet standard of any kind. Distribution of

this memo is unlimited.

Abstract

This memo examines some of the issues associated with the current

management practices of the Internet IPv4 address space, and examines

the potential outcomes of these practices as the unallocated address

pool shrinks in size. Possible modifications to the management

practices are examined, and potential outcomes considered. Some

general conclusions are drawn, and the relevance of these conclusions

to the matter of formulation of address management policies for IPv6

are noted.

1. Introduction

The area explicitly examined here is the allocatable globally unique

IPv4 address space. Explicitly this includes those address groups

uniquely assigned from a single comprehensive address pool to

specific entities which are then at liberty to assign individual

address values within the address group to individual hosts. The

address group is handled by the technology as a single network

entity.

At present these addresses are allocated to entities on a freely

available, first-come, first-served allocation basis, within the

scope of a number of administrative grounds which attempt to direct

the allocation process to result in rational use of the space, and

attempt to achieve a result of a level of equity of availability that

is expressed in a sense of multi-national "regions" [1].

In examining the current management policies in further detail it is

useful to note that the IPv4 address space presents a number of

attributes in common with other public space resources, and there are

parallels in an economic analysis of this resource which include:

- the finite nature of the resource

This attribute is a consequence of the underlying technology

which has defined addressed entities in terms of a 32 bit address

value. The total pool is composed of 2**32 distinct values (not

all of which are assignable to end systems).

- the address space has considerable market value

This valuation is a consequence of the availability and extensive

deployment of the underlying Internet technology that allows

uniquely addressed entities the capability to conduct direct end-

to-end transactions with peer entities via the Internet. The

parameters of this valuation are also influenced by considerations

of efficiency of use of the allocated space, availability of end

system based internet technologies, the availability of Internet-

based service providers and the re...