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A Flexible Method for Managing the Assignment of Bits of an IPv6 Address Block



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Network Working Group                                        M. Blanchet
Request for Comments: 3531                                      Viagenie
Category:Informational                                        April 2003


         A Flexible Method for Managing the Assignment of Bits
                        of an IPv6 Address Block

Status of this Memo

   This memo provides information for the Internet community.  It does
   not specify an Internet standard of any kind.  Distribution of this
   memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

   Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003).  All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

   This document proposes a method to manage the assignment of bits of
   an IPv6 address block or range.  When an organisation needs to make
   an address plan for its subnets or when an ISP needs to make an
   address plan for its customers, this method enables the organisation
   to postpone the final decision on the number of bits to partition in
   the address space they have.  It does it by keeping the bits around
   the borders of the partition to be free as long as possible.  This
   scheme is applicable to any bits addressing scheme using bits with
   partitions in the space, but its first intended use is for IPv6.  It
   is a generalization of RFC 1219 and can be used for IPv6 assignments.

Table of Contents

   1.  Rationale  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   2.  Scheme . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  2
   3.  Description of the Algorithm . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.1 Leftmost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.2 Rightmost  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3
     3.3 Centermost . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   4.  Example  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  4
   5.  Security Considerations  . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
   6.  Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5
       References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       Author's Address . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  6
       Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7






Blanchet                     Informational


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