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Now There Are More Internet Addresses Than Stars in the Universe

Now There Are More Internet Addresses Than Stars in the Universe

Long story short: After this week’s switchover to a new protocol called IPv6, there are a whole lot of IP addresses on the Internet.

How many more?

Just one day after the world wide web made a permanent and forever change on Wednesday, CNN reported the Internet now has 340 trillion trillion trillion unique addresses. That’s 340 undecillion.

We knew the switch from IPv4 to IPv6 would make a bunch of new addresses available. But this is a growth of 79 octillion (billion billion billion), according to the report.

But we have no frames of reference for a number that large, so let’s put it into context for a moment.

340 trillion trillion trillion is:

•More than the number of stars in the universe, according to some estimates.
•More than the number of cells in the human body.
•More than the number of gallons of water on Earth.
Does this blow your mind? Does IPv6 make a lot more sense now? Tell us in the comments.

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  4. Karthikeyan C N

    So the Internet is doing something new: growing.

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