Internet Society announces World IPv6 Launch day for June 6

By on January 18, 2012, 4:30 PM

The Internet Society has announced that it's working with major ISPs, makers of home networking equipment and Web companies to permanently enable IPv6. Said to be the largest transition in the Internet's history, the shift away from IPv4 will commence on June 6, 2012, building on the success of last June's "World IPv6 Day" event. Among the participants are AT&T, Comcast, Free Telecom, Internode, KDDI, Time Warner Cable, XS4ALL, Cisco, D-Link, Facebook, Google, Microsoft Bing and Yahoo.

"The fact that leading companies across several industries are making significant commitments to participate in World IPv6 Launch is yet another indication that IPv6 is no longer a lab experiment; it's here and is an important next step in the Internet's evolution," commented Leslie Daigle of the Internet Society. "World IPv6 Launch marks a watershed moment in Internet history. It breaks the limits of the original address space to open a vast new territory, trillions upon trillions of times larger," said Google.

In January 2010, the Number Resource Organization warned that IPv4 addresses were nearly tapped with under 10% left. That dipped to less than 5% by October 2010. IPv4 (32-bit) has roughly four billion IP addresses -- nowhere near enough to cover the explosion of people, devices and services on the Web. In fact, Asia's supply of IPv4 addressed dried up in April 2011, Europe is projected to run out this summer, while North America only has enough unallocated addresses to last through mid-2013.

However, IPv6 (128-bit) offers some 340 undecillion addresses (340 billion, billion, billion, billion -- that's 36 zeros). Crisis averted. The move has been underway for years and it will take several more to complete, but for industry titans like Google, June 6 will bring a nearly full adoption of the spec. The Internet Society says ISPs participating in World IPv6 Launch day will enable the protocol for enough users so at least 1% of their wireline residential subscribers visiting compliant websites will use IPv6.




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Guest said:

why not skip straight to ip8!

Rasta211 said:

I'm trying to write this 34 undecillion number. Does that mean I write the number 34 followed by 36 zero's to get undecillion?

Holyscrap said:

rasta211 said:

I'm trying to write this 34 undecillion number. Does that mean I write the number 34 followed by 36 zero's to get undecillion?

its 340 undecillion so its 34 with 37 zeroes followingso the magic number is 3.4e+38 or

<<340000000000000000000000000000000000000>>

Guest said:

I lost count after 34 trillion..... :(

PinothyJ said:

That is interesting. Internode, a South Australian ISP, has recently been purchased by iiNet, another Australian ISP, which already owns Westnet (a Western Australian ISP) yet the latter are not participating :S?

How strange...

Scshadow said:

I'm scared of the day we outgrow IPv6. I mean... we could say its impossible and logically thinking it probably actually is, but oh how many times in the past have we proclaimed things impossible when it comes to tech.

Guest said:

I wonder if we can dispose of NAT on our routers. So each device on a LAN can have its own external IP?

Guest said:

Hahaha..Well said...

Guest said:

NAT?

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4669

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Scshadow said:

I'm scared of the day we outgrow IPv6. I mean... we could say its impossible and logically thinking it probably actually is, but oh how many times in the past have we proclaimed things impossible when it comes to tech.

We will never outgrow IPv6, there are more addresses available than there are grains of sand on this planet.

That being said it could become outdated for some other reason, but not due to running out of a address space I assure you!

yRaz yRaz said:

Per Hansson said:

We will never outgrow IPv6, there are more addresses available than there are grains of sand on this planet.

That being said it could become outdated for some other reason, but not due to running out of a address space I assure you!

What if we give all the sand an IP address?

Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

I reckon we'll start to get low on IPv6 addresses when we either discover aliens and we integrate our networks with theirs, Or we start to colonize other planets and we really do start to grow the size we currently are on multiple planets, thinking Mass Effect style.

SCJake said:

Per Hansson said:

Scshadow said:

I'm scared of the day we outgrow IPv6. I mean... we could say its impossible and logically thinking it probably actually is, but oh how many times in the past have we proclaimed things impossible when it comes to tech.

We will never outgrow IPv6, there are more addresses available than there are grains of sand on this planet.

That being said it could become outdated for some other reason, but not due to running out of a address space I assure you!

Never say never my friend. just like we'll never have biocomputers... cough cough israel cough cough

i mean its totally impossible to make a computer out of 100% DNA right? we'll never have one cough cough israel cough cough

jobeard jobeard, TS Ambassador, said:

I wonder if we can dispose of NAT on our routers. So each device on a LAN can have its own external IP?
Conceptually, but for administration and control reasons, we are better off with NAT.

Consider the level of skill a home user would need to defend him/herself if directly attached to the network.

The SPI feature alone in our routers is worth setting behind a NAT router.

Somian said:

Scshadow said:

I'm scared of the day we outgrow IPv6. I mean... we could say its impossible and logically thinking it probably actually is, but oh how many times in the past have we proclaimed things impossible when it comes to tech.

yeah... perhaps, one day, there will be trillions of nano-bots in our drinking water, cleaning it. But with this number, we could fill the oceans with nanobots and they could still have their own IPv6

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