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Recently it was announced that North America had finally run out of IP (IPv4 – 32 bit) addresses. In this context, an intriguing question arises regarding the status of IP addresses in Latin America, Europe and Asia over the past few years.
The rationing of addresses, which provides devices equipped with an on-board computer, such as servers, desktops, tablets, laptops, tablets and smartphones, with a distinct identifier for Internet communication has reached the saturation point.
A few weeks ago, the American Registry for Internet Numbers (ARIN) has begun economizing on numbers by providing smaller blocks at a time.
Role of IPv6
The introduction of IPv4 had promised 4.3 billion possibilities that would have been expected to last for a long time. However, the scenario has now changed.
According to a predication made by Gartner in last fall, there would be roughly five billion units of connected devices consisting of the Internet of Things in 2015. The number is predicted to range from 20 billion to 50 billion, 200 billion, even to infinity and beyond.
It may be surprising that IP addresses have not been exhausted yet. The reason is that most of the users have already switched to IPv6 (128 bit addressing). For example, Google is one such company who made the transition in 2012.
Critical Link Linux-Based SoMs Have IPv6 Support Available
Critical Link has already addressed the issue by developing all of its Linux-based SoMs IPv6 compatible. Some of the products offered by Critical Link that have IPv6 support available include:
- MitySOM-5CSx families
- MitySOM-335x families
- MityDSP-L138(F) families
- New 5CSx-based MityCAM cameras
IPv6 addresses, with 128- bits in length, can potentially offer approximately 340 trillion, trillion, trillion unique combinations. This means there will be no chance of running out of IPv6 addresses anytime soon, even in the case of aggressive predictions for IoT materializing.
This information has been sourced, reviewed and adapted from materials provided by Critical Link LLC.
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