[ppml] IPv6, Vista, and the Popular Press [more]

John Curran jcurran at istaff.org
Mon Jun 11 05:32:57 EDT 2007

At 5:16 AM -0400 6/11/07, John Curran wrote:
>At 4:58 PM -0600 6/8/07, Sean Reifschneider wrote:
>>I have heard that a large part of the reason IPv6 is 128 bits of address
>>space instead of 64 is that a significant number of people on the committee
>>didn't fully understand that 64 bits is way way more than twice the number
>>of addresses we have with IPv4.
>The folks on the IPNG Directorate may have disagreed quite
>a bit over various requirements for IPng, but it was not from
>being unable to comprehend the size of the address space.

For clarity:  IPv6 address length was set by the IPng Directorate prior
to the IPv6 working group coming into existence (i.e. in the 1993 to
mid-1994 timeframe).  I was a member of this Directorate.


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