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## Re: Game theory and IPv4 to IPv6

2007-03-15 08:10:18
```Interesting angle here ;-)

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```The ISPs are keeping the cheese to themselves.
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```But, the current kind of cheese is running out, and is a little "stinky"
in ways.  The new kind of cheese is very abundant, but unfortunately comes
at an opportunity cost to get to it from here.

Looking at this from game theory angle, looks like a setup for a long
period of holdoff (protect interests) followed by a massive and rapid
flood to the other camp (fight for the new pie ... er ... cheese).
(caveat, armchair game theorist ;-)

-- Peter

Tim Chown <tjc(_at_)ecs(_dot_)soton(_dot_)ac(_dot_)uk>
15.03.07 10:53

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Subject:        Re: Game theory and IPv4 to IPv6

On Thu, Mar 15, 2007 at 07:37:26AM -0700, Hallam-Baker, Phillip wrote:
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```The problem is that until IPv6 has critical mass it is much better to be
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```on IPv4 than IPv6.
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If there are any grad students reading the list take a look at the game
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```theory literature and apply it to the transition. Assume that it's a
rat-choice world and that each actor follows their best interest.
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```
An actor can be in one of several states:

Unconnected
IPv4/IPv6 connected Dual stack
IPv4-NAT/IPv6 connected Dual stack
IPv6 connected
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```
Unfortunately most of the rats cannot choose certain states, so the game
is fundamentally flawed.   The ISPs are keeping the cheese to themselves.

Squeak.

--
Tim

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