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Are Internet addresses running out?
This article was published on January 23rd, 2011 at 3:58 pm
The Internet can currently uphold only 4.3 billion addresses and we are quickly running out.
IPv4-the web protocol that connects computers globally was created in 1977.
A new web protocol IPv6 can sustain trillions of addresses.
IN BRIEF :
Pv4, which connects computers globally, was originally created as part of an experiment for the U.S. Defense Department.
Vint Cerf, who helped create the web by connecting computers using Internet Protocol (IP) addresses, said it was his “fault” that the 4.3 billion addresses created were running out.
“It doesn’t mean the network stops , it just means you can’t build it very well,” Cerf said.
IP addresses are the unique sequence of numbers assigned to each computer, website or other internet-connected devices. They are not the same as website domain names.
The overwhelming number of devices now accessing the internet means the addresses are running out fast.
To resolve the crisis, an updated protocol for the Internet, IPv6, currently being planned by the industry, will create trillions of addresses.
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