The European region (RIPE-58) will host 58th Conference
of the RIPE Network Coordination Center to be held in Amsterdam
(Netherlands) on May 4 - 8. This event will traditionally unite
Internet providers, network operators and other concerned parties
from Europe and adjacent regions.
This conference will be attended by RIPN experts to address
technical, administrative and political issues as regards
the state-of-the-art and development of Internet in the European
region. A focal point is - peaceful coexistence of IPv4 and IPv6
with a gradual transfer to IPv6.
Thirty years ago it was hard to believe that four billion
IPv4 addresses would be insufficient for Internet. Today's
forecasts show that IPv4 free address pool will be exhausted
by mid 2012, in three years. In fact, each unit in global
network has its unique IP-address. How will it affect development
of Internet that is overwhelmingly based on IPv4 addresses? What
will be the changes in network architecture?
A later version of Internet protocol - IPv6 was intended
to solve these and some other challenges. This intention was called
for to ensure full IPv6 substitution for IPv4. This was not done
due to a number of technical and economical reasons. But IPv6
is still considered as a main protocol for future Internet, and
a transfer to IPv6 - as a key factor for further global network
However, it is highly probable that this process will take
years, during which Internet will be developed on the background
of coexistence of the two protocols. For quick reduction in IPv4
free address pool and IPv6 all-round implementation, please read
the analytical review of Andrey Robachevsky, RIPE NCC Technical
Director "IP-Address Background. IPv4 Prospects and Switch to
IPv6 Address Assigning Protocol".