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[ih] Some Questions over IPv4 Ownership

On 10/15/2010 9:19 AM, Spencer Dawkins wrote:
> I do wonder what year the Internet first carried more *packets per second* than
> the current Internet carries *emails per second* - if that's clearly stated, I'm

It's an interesting question no matter how it's stated.

It suggests some sort of meta-analysis with different layers of 
chunk/packet/segment/message services and making historical quantum transitions 
of activity from one to the next.  Downward, given the way you asked your 
question.  (Is this like moving things into hardware?)

> thinking Jack's point is that the only real difference is scaling.

Alas, some differences in degree become differences in kind.  The latency and 
loss characteristics of messaging like email are typically so different from 
what is usual for IP datagrams as to permit/require all sorts of different 
design decisions.



   Dave Crocker
   Brandenburg InternetWorking