Brand-new Internet Protocol "Five Fields"


Hi all,

I have created a new Internet Protocol “Five Fields”.

Why ?
Because IPv6 is hard to use, and I wanted to keep look & feel similar to IPv4.
Problem with IPv6, is that those addresses are very hard for humans to remember, compare and visualize topologies in human brain. IPv4 has great look & feel, but it is exhausted. So I wrote a new replacement for IP.

I did it, because I don’t like to work with something long like this:

And it would be better, if we work with simpler addressing:


Draft spec. available.

“Five Fields” offers 0…999 in each field, in dotted decimal
notation, and includes unique features not found anywhere else.

  • x230,000 times larger address space than IPv4 (should be enough for
    several hundred years, including IoT)
    -Mobile TCP, allows moving Mobile Nodes between subnets, without losing connectivity. A replacement for Mobile IP. An order of magnitude simpler, and requires no access to routers and configuration-free.
    -IP-VRF header extension, allows doing VRF-VPN without MPLS (and without dot1q VLANs)
    -Super-lightweight, and should be faster than IPv4 or IPv6 by 1%-2%. Small overhead.
    -UDP/IP overhead is 28 bytes; UDP/IPv6 overhead is 48 bytes, but UDP/IP-FF overhead is just 26 bytes ! Even shorter than the original, yay !
    -Simpler to implement than IPv4/v6, because no fragmentation. MTU path
    discovery is the way to go.
    -No broadcasts.
    -No IP header checksums (done at layer 4)
    -No autoconfiguration/SLAAC (this belongs to DHCP territory)
    -No IGMP required (it is optional now for Multicasts)
    -No Layer2 resolution. ARP-free protocol.

I believe, that it is superior to both IPv4 and IPv6, simpler than both, and intended as a replacement for both. Substantial improvement on both.

This draft specification describes various parts, the protocol itself,
addressing scheme, Address Resolution Algorithm (without ARP), DNS
extensions, Mobile TCP, and more…

With more time and polish, I plan to send it to IETF.

Best wishes,

-Alexey Eromenko “Technologov”