On Sun, 14 Mar 2010, Tony Li wrote:

Actually, no growth in prefixes does not imply that there is no growth in
the Internet.  You can still add customers within existing prefix
allocations and improve your addressing efficiency.

Hehe, My implicit assumption is that there's no significant change in allocation densities. :) Stuff like that generally seems to be an administive issue, so it's maybe unlikely it can be affected through routing changes.

First, no one is claiming that there is an imminent and urgent problem. What I feel that we've shown is that we have a long term systemic problem. Given that truly dealing with this issue does appear to require major amounts of time to deploy, it only seems reasonable to start dealing with it long before it becomes an urgent problem.

Please see my RAWS presentation. It shows that prefix growth exceeds the speedup that we can expect in DRAM.

I remember reading that.

This in turn implies that BGP will take longer to converge at a given node when that node has to process the full table.

That's the thing though, the most recent data doesn't seem to show any evidence of things like that. If per-node convergence was taking significantly longer (in the "scaling badly relative to prefix growth" sense), then Sigma(per-prefix per-node convergence) should be similarly increasing by at least the same amount and BGP observers ought to be able to see that, and so the data should show it.

Yet it doesn't seem to, right?

Further, even if the growth issues only affected a certain subset of prefixes, surely there'd be "side-band" issues. I.e. processing problems with certain prefixes should adversely affect the processing of other prefixes being processed around the same time.

I'm sorry for being such an arse with my scepticism, and I'll understand if people reply to me as if I'm half-wit, but if scaling is a problem surely it should be apparent in some data somewhere over the last decade+ that people have been worrying about it? Where's the smoking gun graph, based on real data, that shows the scaling problem? I'm somewhat willing to take your word as authoritative, but ideally we'd have graphs :).

I stress again that, despite taking this contrarian view of the scaling problem, I still think the work here is very important!

I just think this question must have a big impact on which classes of solutions are and are not viable.

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