We are currently testing out IPV6 for all DesuraNET sites, including Mod DB, Indie DB and Desura!
Posted by Greg on Sep 27th, 2011
We are currently doing trials with IPV6, and are wondering how many gamers out there have either IPV6 connectivity through their ISP, place of Education, or elsewhere?
Please let us know! We are currently planning to have full IPV6 connectivity soon.
If you aren't sure exactly what IPV6 is, well it is basically a new generation of "numbering scheme" for the internet. Currently, 99% of the 'net runs on IPV4 which was designed and brought out in the 1980's - with design for around 4.3 billion addresses. Obviously as the internet has grown exponentially, and the number of devices needing IP's - everything from servers, to mobile phones, tablets, even TV's and kitchen appliances - a new type of numbering system was needed (and designed)!
Currently, IPv6 isnt that widely used, although it is starting to make traction - the US Govt announced recently that all Govt departments must switch to the new numbering, and alot of Universities and Tech sites are now adding supporting for v6.
Also, on June 8th this year the Internet Society held the World IPV6 day - with sites such as Google, Facebook, Yahoo and others enabling their content via IPV6.
The biggest change - is that IPV4 provided a 32bit address space - while IPV6 provides 128bit addresses... this means there are 340,282,366,920,938,463,463,374,607,431,768,211,456 IP's available for assignment under IPV6. This is... alot!
it's pretty hard to grasp just how large this number is. Consider:
- It's enough addresses for many trillions of addresses to be assigned to every human being on the planet.
- The earth is about 4.5 billion years old. If we had been assigning IPv6 addresses at a rate of 1 billion per second since the earth was formed, we would have by now used up less than one trillionth of the address space.
- The earth's surface area is about 510 trillion square meters. If a typical computer has a footprint of about a tenth of a square meter, we would have to stack computers 10 billion high blanketing the entire surface of the earth to use up that same trillionth of the address space.
For more info, you can always checkout IPv6's extensive wikipedia article here - En.wikipedia.org