IEEE Eyes Faster Ethernet

The IEEE announced formation of the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group, intended to build consensus toward the development of the next speed of Ethernet. Potential participants include users and producers of systems and components for telecommunications carriers, Internet exchanges, financial markets, data centers, multiple system operators, networking systems, high-performance computing, network storage and servers and other individuals interested in future IEEE 802.3 Ethernet wireline standards.

Launch of the group follows the publication of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment report, which indicates that global bandwidth requirements of multiple application spaces are continuing an exponential climb. The report - available for download at http://www.ieee802.org/3/ad_hoc/bwa/BWA_Report.pdf - forecasts that, if current trends continue, networks will need to support capacity requirements of 1 terabit per second (Tbps) in 2015 and 10 Tbps by 2020.
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