Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the continued success and
advancement of Ethernet technologies today offered its congratulations
to the IEEE 802.3™ Working Group and the IEEE
400Gb/s Study Group on the formation of the IEEE P802.3bs™ Task
Force. The new group is chartered with the development of the IEEE
P802.3bs 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) project, which will define Ethernet
Media Access Control (MAC) parameters, physical layer specifications,
and management parameters for the transfer of Ethernet format frames at
400Gb/s. As the leading voice of the Ethernet ecosystem, the Ethernet
Alliance is ideally positioned to support this latest move towards
standardizing and advancing 400Gb/s technologies through efforts such as
the launch of the Ethernet Alliance's own 400GbE
The Ethernet Alliance 400Gb/s Subcommittee is tasked with helping
support the definition and development of Ethernet's next speed. In
part, the subcommittee's work will focus on supporting IEEE's 400GbE
standardization initiative, IEEE P802.3bs, through consensus building.
The subcommittee will also play an active role in elevating industry
awareness and adoption of 400GbE and related technologies. The Ethernet
Alliance 400GbE Subcommittee will hold a members-only meeting on April
29, 2014, enabling industry consensus-building on technical proposals.
"The scale of cloud data centers has been expanding rapidly and the
percentage of data centers classed as 'mega data centers' is rising as
businesses transition to the cloud and Web 2.0 operators experience
massive growth," said Dale Murray, principal analyst, LightCounting
Market Research. "The IEEE 802.3 committee needs to stay ahead of the
curve as data rates in the core demand faster than 100Gb speeds."
"Since the ratification of the 40Gb/s and 100Gb/s Ethernet standard, the
Ethernet Alliance has heard from both its members and the industry at
large that global network traffic and bandwidth demand continues to
experience unrelenting growth. We must continue pursuing higher-speed
standards to support emerging application areas. Vehicular Ethernet for
example, will bring a multitde of new users, ports, and applications
into the system, resulting in a corresponding increase in bandwidth
demand," said John D'Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; chair, IEEE
802.3 400Gb/s Ethernet Study Group, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell.
"We applaud the launch of the IEEE P802.3bs Task Force, and are ready to
support it in its mission of advancing the next speed of Ethernet.
Through our own 400GbE Subcommittee, we will help enable industry
consensus on proposals that will drive the 400GbE specification from
concept to ratification."
The new IEEE P802.3bs Task Force will extend Ethernet to 400Gb/s, while
improving the bit error ratio to 10-13. When completed, the new standard
will enable aggregation and high-bandwidth interconnect solutions for
cloud-scale data centers, Internet exchanges, wireless and video
distribution infrastructures, service provider and operator networks,
and other key applications. Physical Medium Dependent Sublayers (PMDs)
will be standardized to cover at least 100m over multi-mode fiber, and
500m, 2km and 10km over single-mode fiber. Additionally, specifications
for 400Gb/s electrical interfaces for chip-to-chip and chip-to-module
applications will be standardized. Other features will include ensuring
appropriate Optical Transport Network (OTN) and optional Energy
Efficient Ethernet (EEE).
The inaugural meeting of the IEEE P802.3bs Task Force will take place at
the IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.1™ Joint Interim Meeting, where Task Force
members are expected to begin development of the 400GbE standard. Hosted
by the Ethernet Alliance, the IEEE 802.3 / IEEE 802.1 Joint Interim
Meeting will be held the week of May 12, 2014 in Norfolk, Va. IEEE 802
meetings are open to any interested parties; individuals seeking to
attend any portion of interim meetings must register and pay any
associated registration fees. For more information about the IEEE 802.3
/ IEEE 802.1 Joint Interim Meeting or registration, please visit http://bit.ly/802Interim.
For more information about the Ethernet Alliance or the Ethernet
Alliance 400GbE Subcommittee, please visit http://www.ethernetalliance.org,
on Twitter, visit its Facebook
page, or join the EA LinkedIn
About the Ethernet Alliance
The Ethernet Alliance is a global consortium that includes system and
component vendors, industry experts, and university and government
professionals who are committed to the continued success and expansion
of Ethernet technology. The Ethernet Alliance takes Ethernet standards
to market by supporting activities that span from incubation of new
Ethernet technologies to interoperability demonstrations and education.
For more information about the Ethernet Alliance, please visit www.ethernetalliance.org;
on Twitter; visit the Ethernet Alliance Facebook
page; or join the Ethernet Alliance LinkedIn
group. Individuals who would like to receive updates on Ethernet
Alliance news, activities and events may sign up for the organization's
newsletter at www.ethernetalliance.org/newsletter.
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