With the supply of IP addresses expected to run out by 2005 due to the popularity explosion of the Internet and the expectation that everything from your phone to your washing machine will soon have its own IP address, Alex Lightman, CEO of Charmed Technology and chairman of last month’s North American IPv6 Global Summit tells the New York Times “we’re going to need something like 100 IP addresses for each human being.” IPv6 will increase the supply of addresses from 4 billion today to a number in excess of 35 trillion that is “so big that there’s not a word for the number,” says Cody Christman, director of product engineering for Verio, which offers IPv6 in San Francisco, Washington and elsewhere. The article is a good layman’s backgrounder on the looming IP crisis.

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