Note: At the time of publication, Dr. Cerf was appearing at An Evening With (AEW) event at Georgetown University, hosted by the NSTMF. Click here to follow the NSTMF and receive further updates of additional AEW events.
As one of the fathers of the Internet, Vint Cerf’s work is never done.
The Internet of today is much more complex and integrated in our everyday lives than the initial network he paved the way for in creating the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and the Internet Protocol (IP) with Robert Kahn in the 1970s. Looking back, Cerf says there are certainly things he would have done differently.
“If I had the ability to convince colleagues that the Internet would grow to the size it is today, I probably would have tried to introduce a much larger address space” than the current 32 bit space of IPv4, Cerf says. With the growth of the Internet over the years, some have predicted that the available 4.3 billion addresses will run out, prompting the creation of the 128-bit Internet Protocol Version 6, or IPv6.