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Routing TCP/IP, Volume 1, 2/e by Jennifer Carroll Jeff Doyle

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Chapter 2. IPv6 Overview

When the networks that eventually evolved into what we now call the Internet were first launched, they were the exclusive realm of academics and researchers. And when Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn invented TCP/IP for these networks, no one envisioned the Internet as it now is. At the time a 32-bit address space, yielding almost 4.3 billion addresses, seemed inexhaustible.

But as the kids who worked with these networks in college went out into the “real world,” they took with them an appreciation of the possibilities for what could be done with a peer-to-peer network built on open standards. Increasingly ...

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