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[ih] When did "32" bits for IP register as "not enough"?

> On Feb 13, 2019, at 6:12 PM, Jack Haverty <jack at 3kitty.org> wrote:
> ?
> E.G., the "Multi-homed Host" problem - namely how do you deal with a
> user computer attached to more than one network.

See below. Unsurprisingly, it involves a router inside the end ?host?.

>   Does it have two IP
> addresses? 

Yes, and more for the internal virtual router.

> Can it effectively use both network ports at the same time? 

Yes, with ?policy routing?.

> Can it be constrained to not act as a gateway?


> ...
> I haven't been involved for a while, but I wonder if those outstanding
> problems have been solved, perhaps in IPV6.

We experienced this problem in the mid 90s when trying to deploy a somewhat unreliable prototype ?gigabit LAN? for operational use. We wanted division-wide participation, but not to interfere with use if (when) the links failed. That included avoiding renumbering impact on long-lived TCP connections (notably telnet logins), NTP (which we couldn?t restart on new addresses without affecting running programs using disk-based files), etc.

Our solution is documented here, and became part of the basis of our understanding of the nuances of overlay networks in the X-Bone project:

Touch, J; Faber, T: Dynamic Host Routing for Production Use of Developmental Networks <>. In: ICNP, pp. 285-292, IEEE, 1997.


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