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[AfriNIC-rpd] AFPUB-2006-GEN-001 and Anycast

Mark Elkins mje at
Tue Mar 27 17:49:38 UTC 2012

Like to include me?

I asked for an IPv4/24, IPv6/48 and ASN some months ago for the purpose
of creating an AnyCast instance for UniForum for use with advertising
some of the domains we have. The idea is to replace what we have at JINX
(Johannesburg) with this instance, then replicate to CINX (Cape Town)
and one day DINX (Durban). By then - we may become a lot more

The space has been (successfully) assigned by AfriNIC. We have the
replacement hardware for the JINX replacement and upgraded our JINX
Router to manage the new hardware - but the dotAfrica project and
getting everything complete for the ICANN application date has kind of
overshadowed us for now...

Anyway - I do have reasonably strong feelings about AnyCast assignments,
for example, I believe they should be Assignments rather than
Allocations and should be a bundle (IPv4,IPv6 and ASN).

On Tue, 2012-03-27 at 15:06 +0000, McTim wrote:
> <all hats off>
> Hi APB,
> On 3/27/12, Alan Barrett <apb at> wrote:
> > On Tue, 27 Mar 2012, Mauritz Lewies wrote:
> >>
> >
> >
> >>>> Thus I suggest that the policy be amended to include "d)
> >>>> Provide a technically sound Anycast design."
> >>>
> >>> What exactly is the problem here?  Can you give real or
> >>> theoretical examples of technically sound Anycast designs that
> >>> do not meet the existing criteria?
> If you are doing Anycast and (only anycast or mostly anycast) for
> non-critical infra, then you can't meet the 24%/50% requirements for
> usage.  Furthermore, you can't get additional space because you won't
> have used the majority of your previous allocation /assignment.
> I think we do have an issue here, that being that our policies don't
> allow folks to pursue a certain biz model/networking technology
> without lying to our hostmasters.  We should fix this, or at least
> have a formal policy proposal to do so, and talk about it using the
> PDP.
> I've drafted a proposal and am sending it to Mauritz just now to see
> if he wants to be co-author.  The draft is more complicated than his
> plan, so if he wants to delete my text and just add his, I'd be happy
> with that too.

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