(The Hosting News) – Today marks the eve of what is one of the most important dates in the implementation of the internet address system known IPv6. Tomorrow, a number of web presences and internet service providers will officially turn IPv6 compatibility on by default, a move that could send waves through the world-wide-web.
Top participants include Google, Time Warner Cable, AT&T, Yahoo!, Facebook, Cisco and Microsoft Bing.
IPv6 replaces the previous internet traffic direction protocol known as IPv4 which has run its course. The addition of the new platform makes it possible to add more digits to IP addresses. IP plays an integral part in translating web addresses into the actual coding that allows users to browse sites.
“As the successor to the current Internet Protocol, IPv4, IPv6 is critical to the Internet’s continued growth as a platform for innovation and economic development,” commented Phil Robert of the Internet Society in an Arbor Networks report from last Wednesday.
The event is called “World IPv6” and is being overseen by the Internet Society. Implementation of the new protocol has been steadily rolled out during the course of the last couple years.
However, the transition does appear to have presented some complexity.
“This is not puffery. It is incredibly hard, painstaking work by engineers looking to make sure that every line of code that “knows” an IP address is 32 bits long in a certain format also “knows” that it could also be in IPv6 format, 128 bits long,” explained Internet Scientist Vint Cerf in an interview with CNET. Cerf also emphasized the issue’s significance, calling it “a major accomplishment for ISPs and application providers around the world.”
The official launch of IPv6 follows a previous event that provided testing of the platform nearly one year ago.