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Why we have IPv6 after IPv4..... Where is IPv5 ?

IP or Internet Protocol, is the primary network protocol used on the Internet, introduced by Vint Cerf and Bob Kahn in 1974. IP version 0 to 3 was introduced and used between 1974 and 1979. After changes and refinements in initial IP protocol, version 4 was introduced in 1981, commonly known as IPv4, described in RFC 791 , which become the backbone of Whole Internet in no time. (IPv4 is know as v4 because it is the fourth version of IP not because it has 4 octets, which is a common myth). TCP/IP Protocol was designed as a part of project ARPANET, whose aim was to interconnect various universities and research institutes of USA. But with the dot com boom, TCP/IP grows like anything and its become a victim of its own success. In Early 90's, expert realized that we will exhaust the whole IPv4 number very soon and there is a need for a new protocol, which should be enough in size to serve the internet community for at least 30-40 years. This lead to new version of Internet Protoco