A Historical Perspective On The Usage Of IP Version 9 (RFC1606)
Original Publication Date: 1994-Apr-01
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This paper reviews the usages of the old IP version protocol. It considers some of its successes and its failures. This memo provides information for the Internet community. This memo does not specify an Internet standard of any kind.
Network Working Group J. Onions Request for Comments: 1606 Nexor Ltd. Category: Informational 1 April 1994
A Historical Perspective On The Usage Of IP Version 9
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This paper reviews the usages of the old IP version protocol. It considers some of its successes and its failures.
The take-up of the network protocol TCP/IPv9 has been phenomenal over the last few years. Gone are the days when there were just a few million hosts, and the network was understood. As the IP version 9 protocol comes to the end of its useful life, once again due to address space exhaustion, we look back at some of the success of the protocol.
The up to 42 deep hierarchy of routing levels built into IPv9 must have been one of the key features for its wide deployment. The ability to assign a whole network, or group of networks to an electronic component must be seen as one of the reasons for its takeup. The use of the Compact Disk Hologram units is typical of the usage. They typically have a level 37 network number assigned to each logical part, and a level 36 network number assigned to the whole device. This allows the CDH management protocol to control the unit as a whole, and the high-street vendor to do remote diagnostics on discreet elements of the device. This still allows sub-chip routing to be done using the 38th level addressing to download new nanocode. As yet, no requirement has been found for levels 40-42, with level 39 still being used for experimental interrogation of atomic structure of components where required.
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RFC 1606 Historical Perspective Usage of IP V9 1 April 1994
The vast number space of the IPv9 protocol has also allowed allocation to be done in a straight forward manner. Typically, most high street commercial internet providers issue a range of 1 billion addresses to each house. The addresses are then dynamically partitioned into subnet hierarchies allowing groups of a million addresses to be allocated for each discreet unit (e.g., room/floor etc.) The allocation of sub groups then to controllers such as light switches, mains sockets and similar is then done from each pool.
The allocation process is again done in a hierarchical zoned way, with each major application requesting a block of addresses from its controller. In this way the light bulb requests an address block from the light switch, the light switch in turn from the electrical system which in turn requests one from the room/floor controller. This has been found to be successful due to the enormous range of addresses available, and contention for the address space being without problems typically.
Whilst there are still many addresses unallocated the available space has been sharply decreased. The discovery of intelligent life on other solar systems with th...