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SYDNEY (AFP) - The world will run out of Internet addresses "within weeks", according to one of the founding fathers of the web, a report said Friday.
"I thought it was an experiment and I thought that 4.3 billion would be enough to do an experiment," Cerf, who is Google's vice president and "Chief Internet Evangelist", was quoted as saying in an interview.
"Who the hell knew how much address space we needed?"
To resolve the crisis, an updated protocol for the Internet, IPv6, currently being planned by the industry, will create trillions of addresses.
There's a new web coming, and the test run will be on June 8, 2011
A new era in the Internet will be tested on World IPv6 Day, when Facebook, Google, Yahoo and others will run a 24-hour, real-world test.
The heavy traffic on those sites should show any problems that need to be fixed before the switch from IPv4 to IPv6. World IPv6 Day will help keep the Internet from running out of web addresses under IPv4.
The current 32-bit IPv4 dates back to 1980 and a time when its 4.5 billion addresses seemed like a lot. IPv6 utilizes 128-bit addresses, and IPv6 proponents say the new technology could offer -- if needed -- a vast number of addresses that should keep humanity happy until the sun burns out.
Originally posted by mileysubet
IPv6 has been in effect for many years now.
Originally posted by ALLisMIND
So other than expanding IP addresses, will this change anything noticable to the people? Any thoughts on if this conversion will affect sites like Wikileaks
Wow, the internet is expanding pretty quickly...who knows what the internet will turn into in the next decade or so!
Originally posted by Myendica
Uh, no. There is literally infinite amount of addresses. Qwertyuiopasdfghjklzxcvbnm.,1234567890!@#$%&*()+-_/:;'?"=,www..com. Add it up.. Unlimited