27 Feb '14, 11pm

400G #Ethernet effort expected to officially start work in March. #HPC #Network via @rickbmerritt

It has been one year since the initial call for interest to start work on a 400 Gbit/s Ethernet standard. At the IEEE 802 Plenary in Beijing the week of March 16, the IEEE 802.3 400 Gbit/s Ethernet Study Group will be requesting approval of its project documentation, so the real work on the 400GbE standard can begin. A review of the project documentation will provide insight into the physical layer specifications that will be worked on for the initial version of the 400GbE standard. There will be other 400GbE projects eventually. The key part is that this initial effort will spend significant time and energy on defining an architecture that will be flexible and enable future 400GbE implementations. From a top view, 400GbE for full-duplex operation only will be defined where the Ethernet frame format using the beloved Ethernet media access controller will be preserved. It a...

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