An important discussion of the future of Internet architecture with Dr. Richard Li, of Futurewei Technologies and key proponent of Huawei’s “New IP” proposal, and Andrew Sullivan, the President and CEO of the Internet Society. IGP’s Dr. Milton Mueller moderates. Click on the image to view the 90 minute recording


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  1. Dr. Li:

    0) I watched the video conference recording of your “New IP” project with great interests. Your technology is above my pay grade. However, my team did work on something that may facilitate your efforts. We started to study the IPv4 address pool exhaustion issue a few years ago, to come upon an architecture that resolved such limitation as well as opening up a few possible enhancements.

    1) Below is a demonstration of our scheme that everyone can replicate from a home network. It describes our proposed architecture called RAN (Regional Area Network) that eliminates CG-NAT while expanding assignable IPv4 address pool, including mitigating certain current issues, addressing ITU’s CIR (Country-based Internet Registry) proposal, etc. Each RAN based on one IPv4 address has 256M client capacity. The coexistence of multiple RANs with, yet non-interfering to the current Internet should be an ideal environment to go through the test-bed, field trial then deployment, etc. stages of your “New IP” activities.

    2) We are keenly aware that our RAN architecture is rather unorthodox. However, please consider the proposed architecture as creating a full spherical-layer of cyberspace consisting of RANs, between the current Internet proper and the subscriber premises. Regarded as a private / independent environment, much of the existing Internet protocols, conventions, restrictions, etc. may be repurposed from a revised perspective in the RAN.

    3) During the conference, you panelists briefly touched about IPv6. I thought that the following might be of interest to you. This is an analysis thread started by an Ericsson AB researcher shortly before his retirement. Based on publicly available statistics, IPv6 did not seem to have taken over as much of the Internet traffic from IPv4 as the general public had been led to believe. In fact, it probably was much less than the 30% from Google data, but closer to the 3% level based on AMS-IX data. The main surprise was the lack of recent years Internet traffic data that used to be published annually. And, that of IPv6 never existed. So far, no one has come forward to dispute this surprise conclusion.

    4) Based on the above, there are intriguing further developments recently. I will share with you later.

    Hope these can provide some material for furthering the dialog.

    Abe (2020-09-23 22:38 EDT)
    VP Engineering
    Avinta Communications, Inc.

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