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Perhaps you'd consider UUCP or BGP routing as a positive example.
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Posted Feb 8, 2011 20:59 UTC (Tue) by maniax (subscriber, #4509)
There are such protocols (like BATMAN) that can create such mesh networks, but they still fall short of that many nodes. Not to mention the whole hell of assigning IP addresses (it would work with v6 and SLAAC, but ipv4/rendezvous and the similar things will be a problem), level of trust for neighbors, etc., etc. In the end what we would need is BGP's policy routing with zero need for configuration and convergence times that are less than a minute, which might be just too hard to do.
(and there's a reason I say this has to be automatic, just think of a bunch of average users doing policy routing and the resulting mess)
Posted Feb 8, 2011 21:26 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
UUCP is a hierarchical network (people configure a few paths to neighbors and they take care of the rest of the delivery)
As it got easier to get on the real Internet, sites with only UUCP connectivity could get MX records for mail delivery from the Internet with normal domainized email addresses instead of the fake UUCP domain, and they only needed a path to a "smart host" to get their mail sent.
Posted Feb 8, 2011 21:29 UTC (Tue) by fuhchee (subscriber, #40059)
Posted Feb 8, 2011 21:32 UTC (Tue) by JoeBuck (subscriber, #2330)
Usenet had a "cancel" control message, allowing any user to delete a message. It was completely insecure, but it was the only thing that kept Usenet alive once the spammers discovered it. If cancels were made cryptographically secure, there would need to be some mechanism to control spam or vandalism.
FIDONet is even better example
Posted Feb 9, 2011 7:49 UTC (Wed) by Cyberax (✭ supporter ✭, #52523)
As for full mesh networks, it seems that they are not possible technically for large uses.
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