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IPv6 Now Rules the Net

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The new 128-bit IPv6 addresses will eventually replace the 32-bit IPv4 system.

By Dan Bammes

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Salt Lake City, UT – A new standard has been developed for addressing data to individual devices on the Internet. It's called Internet Protocol Version Six, or IPv6 for short. Google and many other companies and institutions are now using IPv6 side-by-side with the older version, called IPv4. Last week marked World IPv6 Day, an occasion for introducing the new standard to those outside the technical community.

Joe Breen of the University of Utah Center for High Performance Computing has been watching the development of the new standard, and he says it's necessary in a world full of gadgets all connected to the Internet. He spoke to KUER's Dan Bammes.

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