Paul Hsieh on the new version six of the Internet Protocol:
The new IPv6 internet naming and number protocol will make it possible for every person (or device) on Earth to have their own IP address.
Well, er, yeah...and then some. The linked article repeats the same modest claim before getting to heart of the matter:
Vinton Cerf of the Internet Corp. for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) said the next-generation protocol, IPv6, had been added to its root server systems, making it possible for every person or device to have an Internet protocol address.
Cerf said about two-thirds of the 4.3 billion Internet addresses currently available were used up, adding that IPv6 could magnify capacity by some "25,000 trillion trillion times."
I heard our friend Alex Lightman talking about this a while back. He estimates that IPv6 will provide enough IP addresses so that every atom in the known universe can have one.
Now that oughta hold us for a while.Posted by Phil at July 22, 2004 08:51 AM | TrackBack