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2/9/2017 00:01 AM EST
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toyama
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Typo: Andy's Last Name
toyama   2/15/2017 9:01:15 PM
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I am  afraid that the last name of Andy is incorrect - it is Bechtolsheim, not Bechtolshiem.

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The Holy Grail of 100G SFP+ Awaits
skipp   2/11/2017 11:32:33 AM
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The Ethernet Alliance started talking about 100G serial technology over two years ago at this conference: http://www.ethernetalliance.org/100gbe-per-lambda-for-data-center-workshop/

You can download the presentations about the 100G serial technology on that page.  We believe that 100G Serial technology is the building block for the next higher speed that will be 800GbE.  You can see the roadmap and download the graphics at: roadmap: http://www.ethernetalliance.org/roadmap/

While a 100G MSA will be a piece of the 800GbE solution like the mentioned OIF projects, the whole 800GbE link (electrical, optical and architecture) won't be able to be standardized until after 2020 unless the industry has some quick breakthroughs and consensus beyond a 100G electical interface. FlexEthernet could provide a quicker and more cost effectice solution for users who need to go beyond 400GbE real soon.

To encourage development of 100G serial technology, the Ethernet Alliance has bought a couple of trophies to commemorate the first demonstrations of qualified 100G technologies.  The two trophies will be on display at the Ethernet Alliance booth at OFC 2017.  We've had them in our booth for the last couple of years and we don't expect them to ge claimed for another year.

The two trophies are called:

1) the Holy Cup of 100G Lambda for a public demonstation of 100G optics

2) the Holy Grail of the 100GbE for a public demonstration of a 100G SFP+ module

More details can be found about how to win the trophies here:

http://www.ethernetalliance.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Ethernet-Alliance-100GbE-Challenges-09-16-14.pdf

 We've got a long way to go to get to 800GbE, but we'll get there.

Scott Kipp

Ethernet Alliance President and Roadmap Chair

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