Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6) needs to be implemented now to enable the Internet to continue to grow, Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf said during an event at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, Calif.
Cerf, winner of ACM's 2004 A.M. Turing Award, said all kinds of devices will be connected to the Internet, from household temperature systems to space exploration systems, in the years to come. Available addresses on IPv4 could run out as early as next year, according to Cerf. Many businesses have not moved to deploy IPv6 over their networks because they do not see an economic advantage to the migration. There are 1.6 billion people on the Internet, and probably 1.2 billion servers, Cerf said. "There are so many opportunities to add new functionally and new capabilities," said Cerf. "We are going to see billions and billions of devices on the Net."
Cisco's Howard Charney, also speaking at the event, said the rise of the Internet has changed every aspect of society. "Nothing — nothing — is the same anymore," Charney says. "What comes next is pervasive computing, where everything is connected, 24/7, to everything else."
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