A registry in the Asia-Pacific region is set to receive two large blocks of Web addresses based on the IPv4 protocol from the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, which will cause the remaining available addresses to dwindle and will start the clock on a process that will see an end to IPv4 and an eventual transition to IPv6.
Astronomers viewing Hubble telescope images spotted a star traveling at an uncommonly fast 16 million mph, and theorized that it gained momentum after a nearby star was sucked into a vast black hole. "Studying these stars could provide more clues about the nature of some of the universe's unseen mass, and it could help astronomers better understand how galaxies form," University of Michigan researcher Oleg Gnedin said in a news release.
The gradual transition of Internet traffic from protocols based on IPv4 to IPv6 will result in an increasingly larger amount of data traveling over cyberspace tunnels. But because IPv4 domains are running out quickly and a scant 1% of Internet traffic is traveling through IPv6 addresses, enterprises will face a steep learning curve to make necessary changes to their networks, say Internet Registry officials.
In a move to lighten the load on declining IPv4 addresses and advance the new IPv6 protocol, a few tech giants are considering sharing IPv6 customer lists. Such a white list, say the vendors, will help Web developers avoid inadvertently blocking customers from accessing content.