ACSP Suggestion 2014.14: IPv6 Address Part Naming


Author: Robert Rolette   
Submitted On: 08 July 2014

Description: IpV6 hexadecimal number groupings have no formal or informal name, unlike the “octet” of IpV4. I would like to suggest the term “twoctet”. Obviously a mash-up of the words two and octet. Accurately describes the number. It is familiar enough to be recognizable as a networking term. Different enough to be associated in time with IpV6 only. A Google search reveals a surprising lack of hits for the term.

Timeframe: Immediate

Status: Closed   Updated: 09 July 2014

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ARIN Comment

9 July 2014

Thank you for your suggestion, numbered 2014.14 upon confirmed receipt, about the naming of IPv6 address space parts. I think many people have shared your observation over the years, and I am glad you brought it up.

ARIN and the other Regional Internet Registries fulfill the role of managing the distribution of IP addresses, but do not make decisions about the protocol specifications and naming. As I am sure you are already aware, the protocols themselves are developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).

The topic you have brought up in this suggestion has already seen active discussion at the IETF over the years. In fact, there is an Internet Draft on this specific topic. Contact information for the authors can be found inside the draft if you are interested in reaching out to them.

Thank you for using the ARIN Suggestion and Consultation Process.

This suggestion is now closed.