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IPv4 Addresses at NANOG

Published on February 3rd, 2016

IPv4 address bartering is a relatively new activity at NANOG meetings. I find it interesting to look back at the history of NANOG, to think about the purpose of its meetings, and then to examine the overlay of IPv4 meeting topics and IPv4 trading on that purpose.

NANOG’s focus is on the Technologies and Systems that make the internet function. Some of these certainly imply IPv4: core routing, peering and interconnection.

When I did a search on the Keyword "IPv4" in the NANOG archives there were perhaps a hundred results. These were as early as NANOG22, when IPv4 allocation and usage trends were examined. More recently, at NANOG45, there was an engaging title, It’s the End of the World as we Know It, which looked at the deployment of IPv4 and IPv6 and what it means to internet architecture.

Fast forward to NANOG 66 in San Diego where the Chief Scientist at APNIC, Geoff Huston, will discuss which is faster, IPv4 or IPv6, and Dan Alexander of Comcast will discuss Life after IPv4 Run Out at ARIN.

So, IPv4 has been topical at NANOG meetings for years and it's no surprise to see that IPv4 trading is also of great interest to the membership.

IPv4 Market Group will be sponsoring the Tuesday morning break. Please come on by and talk about our IPv4 offerings and pick up a free towel while you visit.