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Address space definition

Address space is the range of virtual addresses assigned by the operating system to a user or a program. It represents the capacity of a network. Managing address space involves planning and efficiently using the available identifiers to accommodate devices on the network.

See also: Virtual address, Base address, IPv4

Address space examples

  • IP address space refers to the total number of unique addresses available for devices to connect to the internet. It's like a huge pool of addresses that devices can use to identify themselves and communicate online.
  • Memory address space is the total amount of memory that a computer or program can use. It's like the space available in a computer's memory for storing and accessing information.
  • Port address space refers to the range of numbers that network services and applications use to communicate with each other. It's like designated slots for different services to send and receive data.
  • MAC address space represents the pool of unique identifiers assigned to network devices, like network cards in computers. Imagine it as a set of individual ID numbers for devices to distinguish themselves on a local network.