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NET - This Should Do For Awhile

Subject: NET - This Should Do For Awhile
Date: Thu, 26 Sep 1996 14:17:33 -0500
From: FringeWare News Network <email@Fringeware.COM>
Reply-To: gknauth@BBN.COM, email@Fringeware.COM
Status: RO

Sent from: Geoffrey <gknauth@BBN.COM>

2 ^ 128 == 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456

My favorite quotation from the talk Steve Deering of Xerox PARC gave on IPv6 at MIT today (paraphrased):

"Many people thought that 64 bits for IPng addresses would not be enough. Some people seemed to think 64 bits could only hold numbers twice as large as today's 32 bits could, but mostly people were concerned there be enough address space for tomorrow's Internet toasters, wristwatches and automobiles. So we eventually settled on 128 bits, at which point no one had strong objections. It was then calculated that 2^128 was 1400 for every square angstrom on the surface of the Earth."


Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft, Neko, 03.06.97