a phenomenon marked by exhaustion of IP addresses that identify destinations for digital traffic. The proposed solution lies in switching over from the existing IPv4 standard to that of IPv6 that allows trillions of Internet addresses vis-à-vis the former that allows a paltry 4 billion or so addresses. The big pool in the sky, a giver of IP addresses and a fast-draining reservoir of addresses maintained by the non-profit organization Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Addresses (ICANN), is going to run out in the next few weeks. The number of addresses IPv6 allows is a whopping 340 undecillion (followed by 36 zeroes), enough for a trillion people.
Do not worry about an IPocalypse. It is not going to take place any time soon.