Term used to describe each set of 16 bits (orone word, two bytes, four nibbles) in an IPv6 address. Similar to an octet in IPv4, it’s a useful shorthand term ofr each of the eight segments in an IPv6 address.
The last chazwazza should be “dead” not “beef”. The full address is 4600:6703:0:f::dead.
Updated – Seriously
There doesn’t appear to be a real name for the IPv6 address segments and my suggestion is “chunk” as in, each section of an IPv6 address is a chunk, and there are eight chunks in an IPv6 address.
Kurt Bales contacted me and said:
One of the things that annoys me is that there isn’t an accepted name for the 16-bit fields. In IPv4 we call the groupings octets for obvious reasons, there is no accepted name in v6. This usually results in calling them by various names and spending far longer trying to describe them than you do actually working on IPv6
I do a bit of IPv6 consulting and so a colleague (Nathan Ward @ Braintrust) and I decided to use our own name to end the battle once and for all – Chazwazza! (http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=chazwazza)
This has certainly streamlined conversations, and we have both used it several times in presentations at various conferences. It started off as an in joke, and then other people started using the term as well.
PS – The name comes from an episode of The Simpsons when they were debating about what to call something.