IPv4 address length technical design

Izaac izaac at setec.org
Wed Oct 3 19:22:21 UTC 2012


On Wed, Oct 03, 2012 at 06:52:57PM +0200, Seth Mos wrote:
> "Pick a number between this and that." It's the 80's and you can
> still count the computers in the world. :)

And yet, almost concurrently, IEEE 802 went with forty-eight bits.  Go
figure.  I'm pretty sure the explanation you're looking for is: It was
with the word size of the most popular minis and micros at the time.

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