Re: Embedding IP information in an IPv6 address (OMNI)

Fernando Gont <> Wed, 14 October 2020 14:47 UTC

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Subject: Re: Embedding IP information in an IPv6 address (OMNI)
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Hi, Fred,

On 9/10/20 14:45, Templin (US), Fred L wrote:
> The genesis of the OMNI concept of embedding additional IP information in the IPv6
> address was introduced in the "AERO(bis)" draft following the publication of RFC6706.
> This format was later cited in RFC7421. Now in the present OMNI draft, we have an
> IPv6 link-local address format where embedded IP information begins immediately
> after the fe80::/10 prefix thereby utilizing up to 112 available bits for encoding useful
> information.
> It has come to my attention that some are skeptical about embedded IP information
> inside an IPv6 address. But, the OMNI draft shows clear benefits for making use of
> these otherwise-wasted bits and follows on from decades-old examples that are
> still in use today. Would love to hear everyone's thoughts on this.

It would seem to me that such work would have to involve an update of 
RFC4291 if you want to play with the prefix bits, and of RFC7136 if you 
want to play with the IID bits.

Fernando Gont
SI6 Networks
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