IEEE Aims For New Ethernet Standard With 1Tbps Peak

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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? "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 (MSOs) networking systems, high-performance computing, network storage and servers and other individuals interested in future IEEE 802.3 Ethernet wireline standards."


That's a fancy way to say that the IEEE is pushing for a new Ethernet standard between 400Gbps and 1Tbps, which will obviously be needed once data centers begin the inevitable transition to NAND and Flash memories from HDDs. There's a meeting scheduled for next month to break down what happens next, but we wouldn't count on seeing the next generation of Ethernet in the coming year or anything. That said, it's good to know that those cable-to-cable transmissions will be faster a decade from now. Here you were thinking wires were forgotten.
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NTria replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:15 AM

And here I am thinking that 100MB/s is adequate.

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CDeeter replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:20 AM

Sweet! Bring on the 1Tbps. And to think I used to drool over a T1 connection, lol.

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digitaldd replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 9:47 AM

10Gbps is basically pretty much fiber only, so i assume this is also in that boat.

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rapid1 replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 11:38 AM

Nice top end 1Tbps! Wifi is great for some things, but on my desktop I use wired and by choice whenever I can get it. Wifi is cool don't get me wrong but wired Ethernet connection is way more capable as well as much faster than WIFI will ever be,

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Erakith replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 12:48 PM

100MBPS is most likely fine for most home users unless they're running a complex, potentially daisy-chained network.

This new standard is being put into place for corporations that offer a service, so they won't bottleneck when trying to dish out bandwidth or network resources to its users.

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RTietjens replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 5:55 PM

As an IT tech who has to maintain and troubleshoot both wired and wireless networks, I can tell you that I spend at least 10x the time troubleshooting wifi compared to wired. Let me think... We had a problem with a wired client in February. One problem. It turned out to be a software conflict. We have thirteen wireless clients total, and yet there is a problem with at least one of them every 48 hours.

So, if you are paying to maintain the network, my advice is "go wired." Initial installation will probably cost more, but the money you''ll save on downtime and troubleshooting will pay you back in a year or less.

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AKnudson replied on Tue, Aug 21 2012 8:05 PM

Rtietjens has a great point, we have a full fiber-optic cable connection, some seriously heavy duty bandwidth at my house. However the Wifi is so poor that most times i can't have more then 2 friends over for LOL games or 2 or 3 Xbox's on Halo Reach.

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mhenriday replied on Wed, Aug 22 2012 4:56 AM

Good to see further progress on the Ethernet front ! I'm with Rtietjens here - reliability is the most essential characteristic of any system, whether in the enterprise or at home....

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Aug 22 2012 12:37 PM

Yeah but assuming I have a normal house we have 2 smart phones, 2 desktops, 1 laptop, and a Kindle fire generally always connected to our network when anyone is home and we are 2 adults and a 5 year old.

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rapid1 replied on Wed, Aug 22 2012 12:40 PM

Think about if I had a teenager here 24/7 to that would be another computer and another smart phone then your starting to over whelm 1GB to an extent. leaves you .0125 mbps per device where 1Tbps would be.125 Gbps

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