IEEE to Study The Feasibility of 400 Gb/s Ethernet

In the August 2012 IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Bandwidth Assessment report, the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) predicted that networks will need to support an average of 58 percent compound annual growth rates (CAGRs) with capacity requirements of 1 Tb/s in 2014 and 10 Tb/s in 2020.

To meet the requirements of ever-increasing number of users, Internet enabled devices and services such as video on demand and social media, the IEEE has launched the IEEE 802.3 "Standard for Ethernet" study group to explore the development and 400 Gb/s Ethernet standard to effectively manage this exponential growth in bandwidth requirements.

"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 D'Ambrosia, chair of the new IEEE 802.3 400 Gb/s Ethernet Study Group and chief Ethernet evangelist, CTO office, Dell. "The launch of this study group is the next critical step in evolving the IEEE 802.3 standard to stay ahead of industry's needs. It builds on two years of open efforts around inviting Ethernet's vast array of stakeholders into the work of assessing and tackling the market's emerging application requirements."

The IEEE 802.3 "Standards for Ethernet" Study Group will be meeting at the Fairmont Express in Victoria, BC between May 14 and May 17, 2013. Those interested in taking part can view further information and register for the event at its event page.

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  • Hupiscratch
    Yay, UHD videos over the LAN!
  • Dupontrocks11
    It would be cool if they reached such high speeds throught ethernet that they could send hugh density data through the intrawebs. Imagine encoding and decoding DNA samples through the web!
  • wanderer11
    400 GB/s or 400 Gb/s? Seems you guys capitalized the b on accident.
  • nforce4max
    Would be nice to have that in the US if it were not for those WW2 era coax and decades old copper that is still in use (hinders bandwidth). The other is providers over selling their connections while promising unrealistic speeds. So a connection like this would be fresh air to many ordinary consumers and businesses.
  • slomo4sho
    Now only if the US ISPs could keep up.
  • PudgyChicken
    If only our storage mediums could read/write at those speeds...
  • frontliner
    My biggest pet peeve is messing up B & b. In this case do you mean 400GB (3,200Gb) or 400Gb? An 8x error is something to scoff at...
  • jhansonxi
    Expect another round of half-baked incompatible standards, IP lawsuits, and "preliminary" standard implementations before components from different vendors work together properly. Hopefully it won't be as bad as the wireless standards.
  • cravin
  • TheViper
    ...capacity requirements of 1 Tb/s in 2014 and 10 Tb/s in 2020.

    ...the next critical step in evolving the IEEE 802.3 standard to stay ahead of industry's needs.

    Am I missing something? How is 400 Gb/s staying ahead of a 1 Tb/s 2014 industry need? Much less 10 Tb's in 2020.