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IP Addressing Fundamentals by Mark A. Sportack

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Overview of IPv6

IPv6 was spelled out in a series of RFCs published in the summer of 1995. Quite a few focus on the minute details of a new protocol, such as extensions to existing routing protocols to support the new address size and architecture. Rather than subjecting you to an exhaustive review of these RFCs, a more focused look at some of the more salient points (as they relate to IP addressing) should suffice.

Address Architecture

The addressing architecture for IPv6 was originally stipulated in RFC 1884, published in December 1995. This RFC was updated and obsoleted by RFC 2373 in July 1998. The revolutionary nature of the next generation of IP was evident in this document. Specifically, the proposed address space was enormous, and the ...

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