On Tue, Nov 22, 2005 at 10:52:23AM -0500, The IESG wrote:
The IESG has received a request from the Global Routing Operations WG to
consider the following document:
- 'Classless Inter-Domain Routing (CIDR): The Internet Address Assignment and
Aggregation Plan '
<draft-ietf-grow-rfc1519bis-03.txt> as a Proposed Standard
The IESG plans to make a decision in the next few weeks, and solicits
final comments on this action. Please send any comments to the
iesg(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org or ietf(_at_)ietf(_dot_)org mailing lists by
I think this is an interesting update.
Some minor points that may wish to be considered but feel free to
One is on section 2 - I think the issue is perhaps more the efficiency
of usage of IPv4 address space. I know that is tied to rate of
consumption, but for many end site admins the impact of CIDR is a lot
of paperwork to demonstrate efficient use of allocated (or requested)
The rate of growth of the routing tables is perhaps also about the PI vs PA
issue. Perhaps these terms could be explained in the text.
Another point is the use of private address space in the documentation for
example purposes. I know this is hard to avoid, but a statement like
"For example, the legacy "class B" network 172.16.0.0, with an implied
network mask of 255.255.0.0, is defined as the prefix 172.16.0.0/16"
seems odd when I normally see 172.16.0.0 and think of it as a /12.
A third point is on the negative impacts of CIDR.
For example, in squeezing out every bit of the prefix address space,
administrators often spend extra time resizing internal (globally addressed)
subnets because their provider insists on them maximising the efficiency
of their address plans (understandably). Or when a site grows, its
ISP offers it a different larger block (requiring renumebring) or
non-contiguous ones, adding some internal complexity.
I would also suggest that this pressure has led to increased adoption of
NAT. I don't see NAT mentioned anywhere in the text - perhaps it is
avoided for 'religious' reasons :)
I think in contrast to IPv6 address space allocation, in IPv6 we have
aggregation from the outset, with a /48 per site (or maybe a /56 for some
sites :) and in effect 'infinitely' sized subnets, so the above concerns
are not really present for a typical IPv6 deployment. Perhaps again
though an aside into IPv6 comparisons with aggregation would be a
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