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When highways get clogged, one solution is to build more lanes, and by that same token IEEE has put together a study group to explore the development of a 400Gbps Ethernet standard to support the exponential growth in network demand. "Traffic is growing everywhere—more Internet users, more ways to access the Internet more quickly, higher-bandwidth content, new applications enabled, etc.—and it’s critical that we move now to create a plan for the Ethernet ecosystem to evolve beyond today’s capabilities, in order to accommodate the burgeoning bandwidth tsunami," said John... Read more...
The sultan of search (Google, who else?) wants the Institute of Electronics Inc. (IEEE) to implement a variable-speed Ethernet standard that would make it more efficient to transfer data between data centers and ultimately cut costs. It's a move IEEE has so far been reluctant to take on. Ron Johnson, a director of product management at Cisco, originally proposed the idea at Light Reading's Ethernet Expo and was disappointed that IEEE chose to stick with the usual single-rate format when it came to 400Gbps. Now it's Bikash Koley, Google's principal architect and manager of network architecture making... Read more...
With more and more Ultrabook machines pushing Ethernet aside in favor of Wi-Fi, one has to wonder if Ethernet even has a future. But, of course it does! Enterprises and businesses aren't going to ditch the stability of a hard-wired connection in favor of flaky over-the-air alternatives, but with 802.11 taking off on the cordless front, where's the innovation in Ethernet? Here.s IEEE, the world's largest professional organization advancing technology for humanity, today announced formation of the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group. Why was such a group formed?... Read more...
A few years ago, "the cloud" was only known within nerdy enterprise circles. Now, it's showing up in Microsoft's Windows 7 ads. It's pretty clear that we're transitioning to a world where always-on connectivity will be essential, and with the cloud playing an ever more important role in our digital lives, the IEEE is stepping in to launch a new Cloud Computing Initiative. Reportedly, this new endevour is designed to serve as the catalyst for innovation in the cloud computing arena, it is the first broad-scope, forward-looking cloud computing initiative to be put forth by a global standards development... Read more...
Don't go betting against WiMAX just yet. The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) has gone and approved IEEE 802.16m, which is the standard for the next generation of WiMAX. Also known as WirelessMAN-Advanced for WiMAX-2, the new standard could possibly deliver speeds of more than 300Mbps, as demonstrated by Samsung last year at the CEATAC trade show in Tokyo, although it's designed to deliver around 100Mbps to end users. "We are delighted that IEEE has recognized the completion of this comprehensive technical effort that has involved hundreds of creative and diligent professionals... Read more...
HomePlug is one of those technologies that have probably been around longer than you know, but it never really took off in a way that Bluetooth and Wi-Fi have. If you've never heard of it, it basically allows signals (usually network signals) to travel through a home's existing power network. Instead of forcing users to run long Ethernet drops or use flaky Wi-Fi, this is a happy medium solution.The HomePlug Powerline Alliance just announced that the IEEE P1901 Working Group has passed an initial sponsor ballot, which paves the way for a global standard for powerline (PLC) networking. This is exactly... Read more...
So, here's a question. Did you realize that the 802.11n WLAN router you purchased three years ago, your shiny new 802.11n-equipped notebook and your 802.11n dongle you bought for your grandmother wasn't actually certified? It's true! 802.11n--which is widely known as the quickest of the Wi-Fi transmission protocols available today (trumping 802.11a/b/g)--has been mulling around in one "Draft" status or another for years now. Seven whole years, in fact. Over the weekend, however, the IEEE working group responsible for making sure 802.11n was rock solid from top to bottom decided that everything... Read more...
These technology birthdays are always up for debate -- are we basing birthdays on the first prototype? The first shipping product? The first patent application? What? There's also no governmental agency to decide upon these highly important matters, so unfortunately, we're at the mercy of the party planners.On the plus side, this chaos usually leads to more celebrations than usual, and that's exactly what we're seeing here. If you'll recall, we actually celebrated the 25th birthday of the Compact Disc in 2007, so obviously, celebrating its 30th in 2009 just seems a bit odd. Turns out, the 25th... Read more...
Motorola, Inc., has received the 2006 IEEE Standards Association (IEEE-SA) Corporate Award in recognition of its "outstanding contributions to IEEE standards, which allow people to be mobile and connected across the globe." Motorola has been a leader in the creation of many IEEE standards. Most significantly, it has contributed substantially to the broad family of IEEE 802 wireless standards by participating in over 50 IEEE 802 working groups and task groups. For instance, it has held numerous leadership positions in working groups for IEEE 802.11 (local area networks), IEEE 802.15 (personal... Read more...