The last couple of years saw Ethernet celebrate its 40, with a lot of reminiscing about the early days and th
birthday Bob Metcalfe’s legendary Ethernet
drawing that got it all started.
At the recent
Optical Fiber Communications and Conference Exposition (OFC), the Ethernet Alliance presented its 2015 Ethernet Roadmap, which
reviewed the Ethernet standards activities to date. More importantly, the
roadmap looked to the future – where speeds of 1 t are forecasted. erabit
per second and beyond
The ability to
support faster speeds has certainly contributed
to the ongoing success of Ethernet. Additionally, we are also seeing new
standards being developed at lower speeds to support new applications over
existing cabling, such as 802.11ac
for Wi-Fi. In fact, when we look to the IEEE 802.3
working group, which is responsible for developing Ethernet standards, there
are 14 activities in process covering speeds from 100Mb/s to 400Gb/s. Needless
to say, the working group committee members have been very busy.
designing and managing IT networks, the need to
keep up with the new Ethernet standards is important. But if that isn’t enough,
there is also the fiber channel and associated cabling standards in TIA, ISO/IEC
and CENELEC that need to be considered.
To help keep up with these activities, CommScope has been
publishing a quarterly report, known as the that keeps track
of the Standards Advisor recent activities in these standards bodies. The latest edition,
covering the first quarter of 2015, can be found here.
CommScope also had the opportunity to work with the
Alliance at OFC on an interoperability demonstration, providing fiber
connectivity between several datacom equipment vendors. As discussed in this
video interview with Joe Livingston, the demonstration involved network speeds
ranging from 10G to 40G to 100G that were implemented on pre-terminated cabling
in a multi-vendor environment. VIDEO
you have questions about the
Standards Advisor or the latest Ethernet standards
activities, leave a comment below and I will be sure to respond.