ACSP Suggestion 2015.9: Convert IPv4 Countdown to Scientific Notation


Author: Owen DeLong   
Submitted On: 01 July 2015


Description: Convert IPv4 countdown to Scientific Notation

Value to Community: As the available IPv4 free pool becomes progressively more infinitessimal, the legibility of the tiny fraction of a /8 remaining will be much better in scientific notation. For example, today we are at 0.00847. 8.47E-3 is a bit easier to read. As the decimal moves farther to the left, the effect will be more pronounced.

This is semi-tongue in cheek, but I couldn’t resist. The reality is I don’t expect the counter to be relevant long enough for this suggestion to get implemented. It’s time to recognize that IPv4 is over and turn our focus to IPv6 deployment.

Timeframe: Immediate

Status: Closed   Updated: 06 July 2015

Tracking Information

ARIN Comment

06 July 2015

Thank you for your suggestion (2015-9) on the topic of changing how ARIN displays the last remaining IPv4 free pool inventory. Although this type of notation could be helpful to some, we have received only one suggestion (from you) to make this change. We agree with your statement that indicates the IPv4 free pool may deplete sooner than we could prioritize this suggestion for implementation. For that reason, we are closing this suggestion without taking further action.

Thank you for using the ARIN Consultation and Suggestion Process.