Description: Who could have guessed that 4.3 billion Internet connections wouldn’t be enough?
Date: Feb 15 , 2011
In 1976, Cerf and his colleagues in the R&D office of the Defense Department had to make a judgment call: how much network address space should they allocate to an experiment connecting computers in an advanced data network?
They debated the question for more than a year. Finally, with a deadline looming, Cerf decided on a number – 4.3 billion separate network addresses, each one representing a connected device – that seemed to provide more room to grow than his experiment would ever require; far more, in fact, than he could ever imagine needing. And so he was comfortable rejecting the even larger number of addresses that some on his team had argued for. Click here for rest of story
Questions for discussion:
- What is Internet Protocol version 6?
- Is the industry ready for this major change?
- What problems do you forsee happening as a result of implementing Protocol version 6?