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Provider Independent IPv6 Addressing Architecture

Document Type Expired Internet-Draft (individual)
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Author Dr. Masataka Ohta
Last updated 1995-03-24
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An IPv6 addressing architecture which maximize the provider independence is described. With flatly routed IPv4 addresses, one can subscribe to multiple providers and change providers at will without a lot of efforts. But, IPv6 packets will be hierarchically routed and their addresses will have hierarchical structure, whose higher part is determined by the network provider. By separating a 128 bit IPv6 address into 64 bit ILOC (Internet LOCator), first 4 bytes of which is flat routable provider part and the rest 4 bytes of which is hierarchical intra-provider part, and 64 bit IID (Internet ID), which is not routable but globally unique, it is possible to preserve some of the provider independence of IPv4. The architecture can also identify geographical location of providers.


Dr. Masataka Ohta

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