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IP Addressing Fundamentals by Mark A. Sportack

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Interim Solutions

The old saw still cuts true: Every little bit helps. In that spirit, the IETF attacked in all directions as it tried to stave off the impending, projected Date of Doom. Some of the measures, as you've seen so far in this chapter, were fairly dramatic, big-ticket items. Others were remarkably simple and easy, yet effective. In this section, I'll show you some of the simple items that helped the Internet cope with its addressing crisis. These efforts included some measures to increase the pool of available address space. Others were intended to set the stage for abolishing class-based network architectures in favor of a classless architecture.

Here are some of the quick fixes employed by the IETF:

  • Emergency reallocation of classful ...

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