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Re: Scalability issues in the Internet routing system
Andre Oppermann wrote:
Moore's law for CPUs is kaput. Really, Moore's Law is more of an observation, than a law. We need to stop fixating on Moore's law for the love of god. It doesn't exist in a vacuum, Components don't get on the curve for free. Each generation requires enormously more capital to engineer the improved Si process, innovation, process, which only get paid for by increasing demand. If the demand slows down then the investment won't be recovered and the cycle will stop, possibly before the physics limits, depending on the amount of demand, amount of investment required for the next turn etc.I guess it's time to have a look at the actual scalability issues we face in the Internet routing system. Maybe the area of action becomes a bit more clear with such an assessment. In the current Internet routing system we face two distinctive scalability issues: 1. The number of prefixes*paths in the routing table and interdomain routing system (BGP) This problem scales with the number of prefixes and available paths to a particlar router/network in addition to constant churn in the reachablility state. The required capacity for a routers control plane is: capacity = prefix * path * churnfactor / second I think it is safe, even with projected AS and IP uptake, to assume Moore's law can cope with this.
Also, no network I know is on the upgrade path at a velocity that they are swapping out components in a 18 month window. Ideally, for an economically viable network, you want to be on an upgrade cycle that lags Moore's observation. Getting routers off your books is not an 18 month cycle, it is closer to 48 months or even in some cases 60 months.
Then we have the issue of an memory bandwidth to keep the ever changing prefixes updated and synced.