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Erlang-Based Dimensioning for IPv4 Address+Port Translation

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Executive Summary

As the IPv4 address pool is being exhausted, it becomes urgent to find a way to migrate IPv4 network architectures to IPv6, or to reduce the use of IPv4 addresses. In this paper, the authors discuss a strategy known as "Address + Port" translation, which consists in several users sharing the same IPv4 address and being distinguished by a range of port numbers. Of critical importance for the feasibility of such a mechanism is the knowledge of the minimum number of ports to allocate to users so that no service degradation is perceived.

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