John shares some thoughts about the rapid growth of the Web and social networking as he gears up for the first working meeting on 400G Ethernet.
My wife says I am a workaholic. Sure, there is some truth to that, but I prefer this perspective: If you love your job, you'll never work a day in your life. As with everything, however, the truth is somewhere in-between.
And I love my job at Dell, which allows me to be a technologist and look into the future beyond the next three to five years. Frankly, if we put aside all of the political nonsense streamed 24/7 and just look at what is happening, it is pretty freaking exciting!
The world has changed so much since I helped organize the last IEEE 802.3 Call-For-Interest to do the next Higher Speed, which yielded 40- and 100-Gigabit Ethernet. Social media has been talked about nonstop. I have to pause for a second when I consider that Facebook jumped from 20 million users in February of 2007, when the then Higher Speed Study Group was arguing about whether it should create 40-Gigabit Ethernet, to a billion users now.
How many of you have a 10-year-old teaching you about a new application he has for his smart device? Or have you listened-in on a group of cousins who talk about all of the things they are doing, and then stay in touch by following each other on Twitter?
My cousin, Lisa, was always more like my sister than my cousin. We would have totally used social networking as kids. I wish today's technology had existed back then. We lived 300 miles apart, and our interactions were limited to snail mail, phone calls and summer vacations.
Today, I stay in touch with people all over the world, and it makes me a better person. From my friend Lina in Saudi Arabia, to my college roommate in San Francisco, to my pal John in Ireland -- technology has been a great thing!
But pause for a second. Staying in touch takes bandwidth. The more I can share, from simple text words to longer emails, voice mails and video chatting, the more bandwidth I need. And it’s not just me -- but everyone! Ok -- so here it comes -- the multiplier effect. Can you say b-o-t-t-l-e-n-e-c-k?
And so, here comes the IEEE 400 Gigabit Ethernet Study Group, officially starting in May. I hope to see many of you there.
John D’Ambrosia is acting chair of the 802.3 IEEE 400 Gigabit Ethernet Study Group, chairman of the Ethernet Alliance and an Ethernet evangelist and distinguished engineer at Dell.