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Controversy threatens work on future 100G Ethernet standard


In my Hardware Roundup just a couple of weeks ago, I mentioned that 10Gbps is coming up fast over the horizon.

Well, just when you thought you could catch a breath is news of the work in progress on the 100Gbps Ethernet standard. However, according to Network World, a debate within the IEEE is threatening to stall work on it.

Basically, there appears to be an internal disagreement in the aptly-named Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) over whether to include 40G as part of the charter or to shoot on straight to 100G.

From Controversy threatens 100G standards work (Network World):

Proponents for 40G argue that it is a necessary, simple and cost-effective step that has broad market potential; opponents say it will unnecessarily bog down progress on 100G which, they claim, also has broad market potential addressing different applications- aggregate and long-haul vs. server interconnect.

At the end of the day, a lack of consensus could result in the IEEE dissolving the group. The group will need to come to a consensus decision by next month at a meeting in San Francisco.

Do you folks out there see a benefit in implementing 10G Ethernet in your corporate environment, much less 100G Ethernet? Share your thoughts on this with us.

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Paul Mah is a writer and blogger who lives in Singapore, where he has worked for a number of years in various capacities within the IT industry. Paul enjoys tinkering with tech gadgets, smartphones, and networking devices.

5 comments
gvanlehn
gvanlehn

Hopefully they won't get bogged down in making it run on copper pairs, the way the 10G standard did. 40G is just 4 10G fibers trunked ala 802.1p/q

NickNielsen
NickNielsen

The only reason most businesses [u]need[/u] 100 MB is to support large email attachments. If you don't allow streaming media past the firewall, most small businesses and many larger businesses won't stress a 10MB intranet. Edit: runaway formatting

shardeth-15902278
shardeth-15902278

Gigabit is a real benefit for system imaging tasks, and also for our VMWare infrastructure, where we have 10 or more VIrtual servers on a single Physical host. But other than those, I'd agree with you.

john
john

Build it and they woll come!

paulmah
paulmah

Do you folks out there see a benefit in implementing 10G Ethernet in your corporate environment, much less 100G Ethernet?

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