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The OCTET is a unit of digital information in computing and telecommunications that consists of eight bits . The term is often used when the term byte might be ambiguous, as the byte has historically been used for storage units of a variety of sizes.

The term octad(e) for eight bits is no longer common.

CONTENTS

* 1 Definition

* 1.1 Octad

* 2 Unit multiples * 3 Use in internet protocol addresses * 4 References * 5 External links

DEFINITION

A variable-length sequence of octets, as in Abstract Syntax Notation One (ASN.1), is referred to as an octet string.

The international standard IEC 60027-2, chapter 3.8.2, states that a byte is an octet of bits. However, the unit byte has historically been platform -dependent and has represented various storage sizes in the history of computing. Due to the influence of several major computer architectures and product lines, the byte became overwhelmingly associated with eight bits. This meaning of byte is codified in such standards as ISO/IEC 80000-13 . While byte and octet are often used synonymously, those working with certain legacy systems are careful to avoid ambiguity.

Octets can be represented using number systems of varying bases such as the hexadecimal , decimal , or octal number systems . The binary value of all eight bits set (or activated) is 7002255000000000000♠111111112, equal to the hexadecimal value 7002255000000000000♠FF16, the decimal value 7002255000000000000♠25510, and the octal value 7002255000000000000♠3778. One octet can be used to represent decimal values ranging from 0 to 255.

The term octet (symbol: o) is often used when the use of byte might be ambiguous. It is frequently used in the Request for Comments (RFC) publications of the Internet Engineering Task Force
Internet Engineering Task Force
to describe storage sizes of network protocol parameters. The earliest example is RFC 635 from 1974. In 2000, Bob Bemer claimed to have proposed the usage of the term octet for "8-bit bytes" when he headed software operations for Cie. Bull in France
France
in 1965 to 1966 already.

In France
France
, French Canada
French Canada
and Romania
Romania
, octet is used in common language instead of byte when the 8-bit sense is required, for example, a megabyte (MB) is termed a megaoctet (Mo).

OCTAD

Historically, in Western Europe, the term octad (or octade) was used to specifically denote 8 bits; however, this usage is no longer common. Early examples of usage exist in British, Dutch and German sources of the 1960s and 1970s, and throughout the documentation of Philips
Philips
mainframe computers. Similar terms are triad for a grouping of three and decade for ten.

UNIT MULTIPLES

Unit multiples of the octet may be formed with SI prefixes and binary prefixes (power of 2 prefixes) as standardized by the International Electrotechnical Commission during 1998.

SI PREFIXES

1 kilooctet (ko) = 103 octets = 1000 octets

1 megaoctet (Mo) = 106 octets = 1000 ko = 1000000 octets

1 gigaoctet (Go) = 109 octets = 1000 Mo = 1000000000 octets

1 teraoctet (To) = 1012 octets = 1000 Go = 1000000000000 octets

1 petaoctet (Po) = 1015 octets = 1000 To = 1000000000000000 octets

1 exaoctet (Eo) = 1018 octets = 1000 Po = 1000000000000000000 octets

1 zettaoctet (Zo) = 1021 octets = 1000 Eo = 1000000000000000000000 octets

1 yottaoctet (Yo) = 1024 octets = 1000 Zo = 1000000000000000000000000 octets

BINARY PREFIXES

1 kibioctet (Kio, also written Ko, as distinct from ko) = 210 octets = 1024 octets

1 mebioctet (Mio) = 220 octets = 1024 Kio = 1048576 octets

1 gibioctet (Gio) = 230 octets = 1024 Mio = 1073741824 octets

1 tebioctet (Tio) = 240 octets = 1024 Gio = 1099511627776 octets

1 pebioctet (Pio) = 250 octets = 1024 Tio = 1125899906842624 octets

1 exbioctet (Eio) = 260 octets = 1024 Pio = 1152921504606846976 octets

1 zebioctet (Zio) = 270 octets = 1024 Eio = 1180591620717411303424 octets

1 yobioctet (Yio) = 280 octets = 1024 Zio = 1208925819614629174706176 octets

USE IN INTERNET PROTOCOL ADDRESSES

The octet is used to represent Internet Protocol
Internet Protocol
computer network addresses. An IPv4
IPv4
address consists of four octets, usually shown individually as a series of decimal values ranging from 0 to 255, each separated by a full stop (dot). Using octets with all eight bits set, the representation of the highest numbered IPv4
IPv4
address is 255.255.255.255.

An IPv6
IPv6
address consists of sixteen octets, shown using hexadecimal representation (two digits per octet) and using a colon character (:) after each pair of octets (16 bits also known as hextet ) for readability, like this FE80:0000:0000:0000:0123:4567:89AB:CDEF. If two or more consecutive octets equal zero they may be replaced by two following colon characters (::) but this can be used only once in a given IPv6
IPv6
address to avoid ambiguity. The previously given IPv6 address can thus also be written as FE80::0123:4567:89AB:CDEF. In addition leading zeroes may also be omitted as they are not significant bits in the address. Applying this to the previous example mentioned will result in an IPv6
IPv6
address of FE80::123:4567:89AB:CDEF.

REFERENCES

* ^ A B C " Philips
Philips
- Philips
Philips
Data Systems\' product range - April 1971" (PDF). Philips
Philips
. 1971. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2016-03-03. Retrieved 2016-10-03. * ^ A B C Williams, R. H. (1969-01-01). "British Commercial Computer Digest: Pergamon Computer Data Series". Pergamon Press . ISBN 1483122107 . 978-1483122106. Retrieved 2015-08-03. * ^ Bemer, Robert William (2000-08-08). "Why is a byte 8 bits? Or is it?". Computer History Vignettes. Retrieved 2017-05-15. I came to work for IBM
IBM
, and saw all the confusion caused by the 64-character limitation. Especially when we started to think about word processing, which would require both upper and lower case. I even made a proposal (in view of STRETCH , the very first computer I know of with an 8-bit byte) that would extend the number of punch card character codes to 256 . So some folks started thinking about 7-bit characters, but this was ridiculous. With IBM's STRETCH computer as background, handling 64-character words divisible into groups of 8 (I designed the character set for it, under the guidance of Dr. Werner Buchholz , the man who DID coin the term "byte " for an 8-bit grouping). It seemed reasonable to make a universal 8-bit charac