The Software Development Club hosted a conference at the ECPI University Newport News Campus, featuring guest speakers and student presentations. Students, faculty, staff and local employers learned about new applications and trends as well as the latest revision of Internet Protocol (IP), the communications protocol that provides an identification and location system for computers on networks and routes traffic across the Internet.

IPv6 was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) to deal with the long-anticipated problem of IPv4 address exhaustion. ECPI University faculty member Mr. Al Portes uses an M & M analogy to describe the capacity of the new Internet Protocol version 6 (IPv6).

“Under the old IPv4, we were limited to about 4.2 billion addresses,” says Portes. “To put that in context, you could spread out a single layer of M & M’s and 4.2 billion would cover a football field. With IPv6, the capacity is so great that the sheer number would be unrecognizable to the average person. Suffice it to say, you could fill all the Great Lakes with M & M’S, each one representing a different address!”

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