Wednesday, June 11, 2008

Ixia Develops 100 GbE Line-Rate Traffic Testing

Ixia plans to demonstrate an initial implementation of 100 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) line-rate traffic generation and analysis at next week's NXTcomm08 in Las Vegas.

The Ixia proof-of-concept demonstration features a multilane distribution (MLD) architecture -- the new 100 GbE and 40 GbE physical coding sublayer (PCS) layer, which was recently approved as the baseline proposal by the IEEE 802.3ba task force. MLD enables network providers to bond multiple 10 GbE or higher-speed lanes into a single logical 100 GbE or 40 GbE link. The technology provides a means of "striping" a 100 Gbps flow into multiple "virtual" lanes, each with its own alignment markers.