IP--: A Reduced Internet Protocol for Optical Packet Networking

Masataka OHTA  Kenji FUJIKAWA  

IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Communications   Vol.E93-B   No.3   pp.466-469
Publication Date: 2010/03/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1345
DOI: 10.1587/transcom.E93.B.466
Print ISSN: 0916-8516
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on New Generation Network towards Innovative Future Society)
internet protocol,  IPv6,  IPng,  new generation network,  

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IP-- is proposed as an Internet Protocol suitable for optical packet networking. As optical routers require much faster control than electric ones and lack of optical buffers other than those by fiber delay lines requires fixed time control, Internet Protocols must be at least as simple as IPv4 and much simpler than IPv6. IP-- also addresses issues of IP address space exhaustion and IP routing table explosion.