IEEE discusses dropping 40 Gigabit Ethernet

Participants in the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) of standards body the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) are discussing whether to keep 40 Gigabit Ethernet as part of their charter, or to continue its commitment to the 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard.

Participants in the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG) of standards body the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc. (IEEE) are discussing whether to keep 40 Gigabit Ethernet as part of their charter, or to continue its commitment to the 100 Gigabit Ethernet standard.

Advocates for 40 Gigabit Ethernet argue that it is a required stage in the development path to 100 Gigabit Ethernet, but opponents say it will slow down progress on 100 Gigabit Ethernet which, they say, already has appeal.

The group will meet in San Francisco in July to try to resolve the issues where it has been noted that the division’s very existence may come into question. A 100gbps standard was originally scheduled to be finalised by the IEEE in either 2009 or 2010.

Fidelity Investments and Somerfield, the supermarket chain, are two examples of UK businesses that have deployed the technology in their datacentres.

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