Re: [arp222] New Non-WG Mailing List:

Brian E Carpenter <> Wed, 21 July 2010 01:34 UTC

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I'm not going to join this list, no time, but I would be very
concerned if the work only considered ARP traffic. It's axiomatic
that you also have to consider Neighbor Discovery and Router Advertisement
traffic too. And if people start using IPv6's potential to create
virtual hosts by the million, the problem might be an order of magnitude
worse than ARP.


On 2010-07-20 10:19, IESG Secretary wrote:
> A new IETF non-working group email list has been created.
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> Description: This list discusses issues associated with large amount of
> virtual machines being introduced to data center. 
> Virtual machines allow one physical server to support multiple hosts (20,
> 30, or hundreds of). As virtual machines are introduced to the Data Center
> (DC), the number of hosts within one subnet can grow dramatically.  This
> DC growth could tremendously impact to networks and hosts. Data Centers
> can span multiple subnets in a single site or multiple sites across a
> single AS or multiple ASes.
> One issue is frequent ARP requests from hosts. All hosts send out
> frequent ARP requests due to their cache being aged out in minutes. With
> tens of thousands of hosts (each with a distinct MAC address) in one Data
> Center (DC), the amount of ARP packets per second is potentially in the
> 1,000 to 10,000/second.
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