Last post, I presented you with a challenge number: 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 or 3.40*1038, or 340 undecillion. I got some great comments and no it is not:
Aside from my poor right justification, thanks Blake :-). This is the amount of addresses that IPv6 will provide, IPv6 provides 2 to the 128th addresses, even though not all the address's are available, like: like the 6to4 range, fec0::/10 and such (thanks hafthor), which is huge and let me be the first, most likely incorrectly, to state
WE WILL NEVER NEED THAT MANY ADDRESSES. :-)
Just kidding, but it is a a really big number when you think of nanotechnology, I can image that that really big number goes away, just fun to say. :-)
So why did I bring this up? Well my teammate Chris Avis, sent an interesting article talking about the root servers being updated, and when you think about how mathematically big the IPv6 address space is, this is some potentially great times in the networking world. The full article can be found at the link below, but I really like the beginning sentence:
"Just before year's end, ICANN/IANA sent out a short message saying that "on 4 February 2008, IANA will add AAAA records for the IPv6 addresses of the four root servers whose operators have requested it"
Read the full article here: IPv6: coming to a root server near you
Happy Hexadecimal math. :-)