IP, less freely

It’s the end of the Internet, and I feel fine:

At a ceremony held on 3 February, 2011 the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) allocated the remaining last five /8s of IPv4 address space to the Regional Internet Registries (RIRs) in accordance with the Global Policy for the Allocation of the Remaining IPv4 Address Space. With this action, the free pool of available IPv4 addresses is now fully depleted.

Meanwhile, ICANN, which manages the address space, has no cheezburger:

“This is truly a major turning point in the on-going development of the Internet,” said Rod Beckstrom, ICANN’s President and Chief Executive Officer. “Nobody was caught off guard by this, the Internet technical community has been planning for IPv4 depletion for quite some time. But it means the adoption of IPv6 is now of paramount importance, since it will allow the Internet to continue its amazing growth and foster the global innovation we’ve all come to expect.”

I’m debating whether I want to add an IPv6 address for this humble site now, or wait until it becomes mandatory. (It won’t replace the existing IPv4 address, at least at first.)



  1. McGehee »

    4 February 2011 · 9:06 am

    By the time IPv6 is fully implemented, we’ll be needing IPv64.


  2. Dan B »

    4 February 2011 · 2:04 pm

    I’ll take your money McGehee.

    IPv6 has 30K addresses available per human alive now. I doubt I have 120K separate items in my whole house (4 people here), certainly not 120K electronic devices that each need its own IP address (8 at the moment).

    Given that it took 29 years 4 months to exhausted IPv4, and insanely assuming the same exponential growth in the internet as it did turning that time, it would take until March 2832 to need IPv64, which would have 1.044*10^154 addresses available, or about 10^64 addresses per particle per proton, neutron, electron, photon, or neutrino in the universe.

  3. CGHill »

    4 February 2011 · 3:12 pm

    And you know they’ll want to track those neutrinos individually.

  4. Dan B »

    4 February 2011 · 8:05 pm

    You never know when one of the neutrinos might want to join al-Qaeda.

  5. McGehee »

    5 February 2011 · 8:58 am

    Or at the very least get an iPhone.

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