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Pentagon Pushes Next Version of IP
The DOD is requiring all contractors involved in its Global Information Grid program to support the new Internet Protocol version 6 as of October 1, 2003. IPv6 is expected to replace the current 32-bit IP version 4 (IPv4) for nearly all Internet traffic by 2008. The replacement is necessary because the number of available of IP addresses is dwindling, say the standard's developers.
The Internet Engineering Task Force has warned since the mid-1990s that we're running out of available Internet addresses. Already, 170 billion of the 250 billion Internet nodes available under IPv4 are in use, says Latif Ladid, IPv6 Forum president.
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