Internet will run out of IP addresses by 2010?

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TVDinner

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Internet will run out of IP addresses by 2010, warns Vint Cerf
By Jessica Salter

Vint Cerf, the man who helped invent the system and one of the world's leading computer scientists, said that the web does not have enough unique codes that allow computers to communicate with each other.

He said that when the internet protocol (IP) addresses do run out, the connectivity of the internet will be damaged and some computers will not be able to go online.

"This is like the internet running out of telephone numbers and with no new numbers, you can't have more subscribers," he said

Preparations had to be made now, he said, to switch addresses to a new system.
When the internet was founded in 1977 there were 4.2 billion addresses available under the internet protocol version four (IPv4) system.

Each of the IPv4 addresses has a series of 32 binary numbers, but with the rapid expansion of broadband across the world, it is estimated that these addresses will run out by 2010.

A new system called IPv6 has been ready for a decade and is already used in Japan to connect thousands of earthquake sensors through a computer system that sends automatic alerts to television programmes and turns traffic lights red.

IPv6 addresses are 128 bits long and so provide a possible 340 trillion, trillion, trillion address space.

From - http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/wor...-of-IP-addresses-by-2010-warns-Vint-Cerf.html
 

gkd_uk

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Interesting info

I don't think their ready to take such a risk.

Can you imagine the following message: "The Internet will be down for maintenance for 2 days" lol

I guess it will be an immediate swith over so there should be no down time, that's if all goes well.
 

TVDinner

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what is always incredible to me is not this, it is how fast people would panic if the POWER was suddently cut off. eventually all batteries would die and people would not be able to connect to the internet anyway. We have become so used to having it that the thought of not having it would create a world wide collapse.
 

tony

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I don't think this is a problem, ISPs could easily create private networks and use just one public IP for all their customers. This is what large companies do, I think BT and AOL do it already.

Tony
 

TVDinner

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well it is actually a problem, but for the average person they will never know about it and ultimately they will just create the other network as mentioned.
 
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