Vince Cerf and his team is the gang responsible for the Internet Protocol addresses (IP Addresses) that are now a cornerstone of the Internet. Without an IP address, users can't surf the web or access material on a LAN.
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According to Cerf, there are 4.2 billion possible addresses and that at this time there are only about 600 million IP addresses left. At the rate Internet use is growing, mostly thanks to mobile web browsing, Cerf expects the current stockpile of IP addresses to run dry in 2009/2010.
When the addresses run out, IPV6 will step in and Internet life as we know it will continue. Most computers already offer IPV6 support and IPV6 offers 340 undecilion IP addresses. That is the first time I have ever heard undecilion, which is 340 with 36 zeros after it.
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