The largest sites will conduct a 24-hour IPv6 test

    Facebook, Google and Yahoo - sites with more than a billion daily visits - have teamed up with Akamai, Limelight Networks, and the Internet Society for the first global IPv6 test.

    On June 8, 2011, on World IPv6 Day, participants will include IPv6 in their core services for 24 hours.

    IPv6 was developed in the late 1990s, but was not implemented globally. While IPv4 address space is limited to only 4.3 × 10 9 (4.3 billion) addresses, IPv6 supports approximately 3.4 × 10 38 (340 sextillion) unique addresses, which is considered sufficient for the foreseeable future.

    Because IPv4 address space is running out, the industry cannot afford to wait any longer. The companies came together to motivate organizations across the industry — providers, hardware manufacturers, developers of operating systems, and other web companies — to prepare their services for the transition.

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