One Cool Thing: No More Room at the In-ternet

Bowdoin Chief Information Officer Mitch Davis offers a look at news and trends in technology, gadgets, inventions or just something worth checking out. It’s called “One Cool Thing.”

The Internet will soon be out of space.

Today using the existing IPv4 standard there are only 4.3 billion Internet addresses. Vint Cerf, recognized as a co-designer of IPv4, accepts full blame for this debacle. Thirty years ago billions of addresses seemed abundant for an experiment in networking. In this case, Cerf built it and everyone showed up. The party is going to slow down this year if the Internet address space is not extended. Several IPv4 countdown sites track and mark the “end of the Internet.” This is where IPv6 enters stage left to save the day. IPv6 is the new Internet addressing protocol that has been around since 2001 and will provide 50,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 individual addresses for every person on the planet. This should hopefully hold us over for at least the next 30 years. The problem is that most networks and systems do not support IPv6.

One thought on “One Cool Thing: No More Room at the In-ternet

  1. Rick Goebel

    Mitch, is that 27 zero’s after the “50” ??? thats almost 1/3 of a google isn’t it??? Im guessing that this will be taken care of and we will look back on it like Y2K- but maybe Im wrong and my iphone will explode….

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