[e2e] Discrete IP

Jon Crowcroft jon.crowcroft at cl.cam.ac.uk
Sat Sep 15 09:41:44 PDT 2012

I don't want to be indescete, but can I suggest that what everyone wants is
a continuous internet, if you take my floating pont.

we did some work along the lines you are I think suggesting some years back
- see

On Wed, Sep 12, 2012 at 9:06 AM, Pars Mutaf <pars.mutaf at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear colleagues,
> I believe that the next step in IP's evolution would not be IPv6. It would
> be "Discrete IP" allowing any IP version.
> I concluded that Discrete IP better respects the end-to-end principles
> therefore it is economically more viable.
> -I propose that we do not touch the core Internet, i.e. enforce the
> modification of all Internet routers.
> -People should be free to choose the IP version that they wish because
> deciding for others is a technology blocker. IETF designs IPv6, IETF blocks
> its development. Because IETF does not give freedom of choice. This is not
> normal. Some entities may use IPv6 others IPv4 yet others IPv7 for unknown
> reasons. Everybody may agree on IPv6, or not. We do not know. We do not
> have to.
> -To give such freedom of choice, we need to change the end-nodes, for
> example TCP.
> -This is the end-to-end principle.
> Here is a picture (in this picture we have a network of Internets running
> random IP versions):
> http://htmlimg4.scribdassets.com/3798kx3chs1szfhj/images/4-ce35c39dd1.jpg
> The question is:
> ***Would this be the ideal for the Internet? Please discuss this question
> without entering in design challenges.***
> For more information, see my unpublished paper:
> http://www.scribd.com/doc/105448105/Discrete-IP
> Cheers,
> Pars
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