Showing posts with label Ethernet Alliance. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Ethernet Alliance. Show all posts

Thursday, January 9, 2020

The Ethernet Alliance inducts Peter Jones as Chairman

Peter Jones has been inducted as the new chairman of The Ethernet Alliance. Jones is the former Chair of the NBASE-T Alliance, which merged with the Ethernet Alliance in 2019, and an active member of multiple Ethernet Alliance committees. He currently serves as Distinguished Engineer at Cisco.

In addition, The Ethernet Alliance shared its vision of the year ahead for both the organization and Ethernet alike, including plans for the next Ethernet Alliance Technology Exploration Forum (TEF), and the 40th Anniversary of the IEEE 802 LAN/MAN Standards Committee.

TEF 2020: The Next Ethernet Rate will be a one-day event focusing on use cases, technology challenges, and other issues surrounding the selection of Ethernet’s next rate. Uniting end users, equipment and component manufacturers, media, and analysts, the interactive forum aims to facilitate discussion and consensus building around the next Ethernet speed. Open to members and non-members alike, the organization is seeking proposals for panels and presentations. TEF 2020: The Next Ethernet Rate submissions must be received no later than January 30, 2020; additional details can be found in the Call for Papers on the Ethernet Alliance website.

Additionally, 2020 marks a historic milestone for Ethernet, with the 40th Anniversary of the formation of the IEEE 802 project. Commencing in February 1980, IEEE 802 encompasses a diverse library of standards addressing a broad array of protocols and applications. The project’s evolution has seen Ethernet innovations in new areas, such as Power over Ethernet (PoE), industrial automation, wired and wireless automotive networking, and beyond. The Ethernet Alliance continues to be at the forefront of Ethernet’s advancement by providing opportunities for confidential interoperability testing, PoE product and solution certification, development of detailed Ethernet roadmaps, and more. The organization will be highlighting the IEEE 802 40th Anniversary during various events throughout 2020, including TEF 2020: The Next Ethernet Rate.

“The remarkable thing about Ethernet’s story is that it’s not done being written, even after 40 years. It’s unusual for any kind of technology architecture to be in its fortieth year, much less still growing and expanding,” said Peter Jones, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and distinguished engineer, Cisco Systems, Inc. “Networking used to be complicated; today, network access is like oxygen – you expect it to be there and don’t notice until it’s gone. Ethernet has reduced the complexity of the world and enabled the Internet. The Ethernet Alliance is pleased to have been part of its ongoing history, and looks forward to whatever the next chapter brings.”

http://www.ethernetalliance.org

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

NBASE-T Alliance and Ethernet Alliance to merge

The NBASE-T Alliance and the Ethernet Alliance will consolidate their activities under the Ethernet Alliance.

The NBASE-T Alliance is focused on enabling the development and deployment of products that support 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T Ethernet.

The Ethernet Alliance serves as the premier global repository for all things Ethernet, helping keep everyone with an interest in Ethernet aware of advancement and innovations in the technology. This agreement serves as a significant growth milestone for the Ethernet community and represents four years of collaboration between the organizations, including joint market research, member plugfests and support of the IEEE 802.3bz 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T Ethernet standard development.

“Ethernet has become the world’s most popular networking technology, and the Ethernet Alliance has been busy fulfilling its mission of advancing and promoting the family of IEEE 802™ standards that will carry Ethernet forward today, tomorrow, and into the future. As the Ethernet roadmap expands, NBASE-T technologies focused on 2.5GBASE-T and 5GBASE-T have become an integral part of the industry ecosystem, and we consider this merger a natural, evolutionary step,” said Greg McSorley, Ethernet Alliance President. “The demand for faster, more reliable high-speed connectivity is exploding across many market segments. We can better meet this growing need by combining our resources, membership and expertise.”

“In just over four years, the NBASE-T Alliance member companies helped build consensus within the IEEE 802.3™ Ethernet Working Group, enabling approval of a new 2.5G/5G Ethernet standard, and deployed the technology so it is now entrenched in multiple markets well beyond our target industries. With the momentum growing stronger every day, the time is right to consolidate the strength of our members with the Ethernet Alliance, the leading voice of Ethernet technology, to ensure NBASE-T, and all Ethernet technologies, continue to best serve the needs of the market,” said Peter Jones, NBASE-T Alliance Chairman.

Monday, November 5, 2018

Ethernet Alliance Higher Speed Networking Plugfest set for December

The Ethernet Alliance will conduct a plugfest for port data rates ranging from 25 Gbps to 400 Gbps beginning Dec. 3, 2018, at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, New Hampshire.

In addition, members of the 100G Lambda Multisource Agreement (MSA) Group also are invited to attend the plugfest, under terms of a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) between that industry consortium and the Ethernet Alliance.

The testing matrix for the December plugfest encompasses technologies based on both recently completed and soon-to-be-ratified standards. With the recent completion and/or expected approval of standards such as IEEE 802.3bs and IEEE P802.3cd™—as well as specifications such as 100G Lambda MSA’s 100G-FR and 400G-FR4, which are based on 100 Gb/s PAM4 signaling and designed for data center connectivity over links of up to 2 kilometers—meeting demand for greater Ethernet speeds while maintaining the technology’s legacy of proven interoperability is increasingly important. Among equipment to be tested during the December event are Ethernet physical layer transceivers (PHYs); network interface controllers (NICs); switches; test and measurement solutions, and an array of optical and copper media at speeds of 25, 50, 100, 200, and 400 Gbps.

“With so much technology development underway and transpiring on different timeframes, industry is more and more often demanding opportunities for trustworthy interoperability testing for their solutions. This is a role for which the Ethernet Alliance has grown globally respected,” said Dave Chalupsky, plugfest chair and board member, Ethernet Alliance, and network product architect, Intel Corporation. “Ethernet is amid significant and historic growth, with so many new standards activities coming out over the last two years and still rolling out. Our plugfests allow Ethernet Alliance members to more rapidly iterate on product development and confidently deliver multi-vendor-interoperable products that their customers can rely on from Day 1."

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Ethernet Alliance appoints new officers

The  Ethernet Alliance announced the appointments of Mr. Greg McSorley of Amphenol Corporation as President, and Mr. Craig Carlson of QLogic Corporation as Treasurer. Both previously served as members of the organization’s Board of Directors.

McSorley, who currently serves as Technical Business Development Manager for Amphenol, replaces outgoing President Scott Kipp of Brocade Communications Systems.

Carlson serves as a Senior Technologist with the CTO Office of QLogic.

“We’re sad to have to say farewell to Scott, who has served the Ethernet Alliance well as its President for six years. Thanks to his astute guidance and dedicated efforts, we have been able to realize many of our strategic goals, such as delivering the industry’s first forward-looking Ethernet roadmap. His presence will be greatly missed,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei.

http://www.ethernetalliance.org

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Global Capacity's Mary Stanhope: Ethernet Drives Today's Hybrid WANs

Ethernet continues to drives the next wave of hybrid networks or software-defined WANs, says Mary Stanhope, VP of Marketing for Global Capacity, speaking at the MEF's Annual Members Meeting in Boston.

See video: https://youtu.be/kLdHHMJfLAc

MEF16 - November 7-10, 2016, Baltimore


Ethernet Alliance Adds to its Board

The Ethernet Alliance named David J. Rodgers of Teledyne LeCroy to its Board of Directors.
Rodgers, Senior Product Marketing Manager, Teledyne LeCroy, focuses on defining, designing, deploying, and marketing high-speed serial analysis test and measurement products for Ethernet and Fibre Channel SANs and LANs. A 30-year industry veteran, he is a member of industry groups and organizations including the Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA); PCI special interest group (PCI-SIG); and NVM Express (NVMe) special interest group.

“There’s a symbiotic relationship between Ethernet and test and measurement, with advancements in one driving changes to the other. Meeting the test and measurement needs of emerging applications enabled by new Ethernet speeds is critical to their adoption and deployment,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “Utilizing David’s vast expertise enables us to address another critical area of the Ethernet ecosystem, in turn allowing us to better serve both the Ethernet and test and measurement communities. His valuable insight is a welcome addition.”

http://www.ethernetalliance.org


Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Video: Achieving 400GbE

Many techniques were employed to achieve the remarkable speed of 400 GbE, says John D'Ambrosia, Chairperson of the Ethernet Alliance.

 These vectors include moving faster, increasing the number of physical paths, adding wavelengths across single-mode fiber, and boosting the modulation with PAM4.

YouTube: https://youtu.be/5QLbDXNGfJk

 

Monday, April 4, 2016

Ethernet Alliance's 2016 Ethernet Roadmap


Scott Kipp, President of the Ethernet Alliance, gives an overview of the 2016 Ethernet Roadmap, including a look at new speeds under development, the different types of copper and optical modules, and the new Flex Ethernet.

YouTube Link: https://youtu.be/jyXnbQbuPXA



Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Three new IEEE 802.3 study groups

The Ethernet Alliance commended the recent formation of three new IEEE 802.3® study groups:

The IEEE 802.3 25Gb/s Ethernet PMD(s) for Single Mode Fiber Study Group is tasked with exploring the development of new 25Gb/s Ethernet single-mode fiber links, as well as evaluating market requirements supporting longer reach 25Gb/s Ethernet interfaces up to 10 kilometers or more. The group’s work complements the fast-tracked efforts of the IEEE P802.3by 25Gb/s Ethernet Task Force to develop a 25GbE specification.

Focusing on two related areas of study, the IEEE 802.3 50Gb/s Ethernet Over A Single Lane Study Group and IEEE 802.3 Next Generation 100Gb/s and 200Gb/s Ethernet Study Group will jointly investigate the market requirements for 50GbE, 100GbE and 200GbE, which include server-to-switch and switch-to-switch applications. The Study Groups will define objectives for the Ethernet specifications leveraging 50Gb/s signaling technology based on market needs.

“Ethernet is beginning the standardization of a new era of speeds based on 50Gb/s signaling technology. The 50Gb/s lanes will enable 50 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) SFP56 modules, and 200GbE QSFP56 modules and other corresponding technologies as we have shown in the 2015 Ethernet Roadmap,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance; and principal technologist, Brocade. “The launch of these new study groups will help deliver the next generation of cost-optimized, higher-speed solutions demanded by hyperscale data centers, enterprises, cloud service providers, and more. It’s proof that Ethernet will continue to be optimized for new markets.”

http://www.ethernetalliance.org.

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Ethernet Alliance Sees Promising Interoperability Results for 25G

A multi-vendor feasibility event testing pre-standard 25 Gbps Ethernet equipment and cabling has found an 86% interoperability success rate.

The recent 25 Gbps technical feasibility event held at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) produced promising results, according to The Ethernet Alliance, with a high percentage of tests exceeding expected requirements of the proposed IEEE 25 Gbps standard. Data captured during the testing was also provided to the IEEE P802.3by 25 Gbps Ethernet Task Force to aid in its refinement of IEEE’s proposed 25 Gigabit Ethernet (25GbE) specification.

“Work on the IEEE P802.3by 25 Gb/s standard is progressing quickly, but having this data available has been highly beneficial to the development of the 25 Gigabit Ethernet standard,” said Mark Nowell, chairman, IEEE P802.3by 25Gb/s Ethernet Task Force; and senior director of engineering, Cisco Systems. “The positive results generated at the Ethernet Alliance 25Gb/s feasibility event were very encouraging. I would like to thank the Ethernet Alliance for making this event a reality and bringing this data forward.”

“Interoperability doesn’t just happen. Ensuring the multi-vendor interoperability everyone is seeking requires investment from the Ethernet Alliance, technology developers, and the industry as a whole. We enable product testing against specifications and between multiple vendors. During our recent 40G/100G plugfest, we were testing equipment developed throughout the last five years, however, 25GbE is still at a nascent stage of the standardization process,” said Scott Kipp, president, Ethernet Alliance; and principal technologist, Brocade. “The array of pre-standard equipment and cables tested during our technical feasibility event showed an unanticipated level of maturity. It’s a strong expression of the Ethernet ecosystem’s continued commitment to interoperability and a sign of the industry’s desire to capitalize on the benefits that 25Gb/s signaling offers.”

Vendors taking part in the testing included Amphenol, Arista Networks, Cisco, Dell, FCI, Hitachi, Intel, Ixia, Luxshare-ICT, Marvell Technology Group, Mellanox Technologies, Molex, QLogic, Spirent, TE Connectivity, and Xilinx.

http://www.ethernetalliance.org
http://www.iol.unh.edu


Arista Debuts Data Center Switches for 25/50/100GbE


Arista Networks introduced its new line-up of data center switches for 25/50/100GbE switching. The new family of Arista 7060X, 7260X and 7320X fixed-leaf and modular-spline form factor switches offers a range of options at 1GbE to 100GbE along with Arista EOS (extensible operating system) features such as Smart System Upgrade with hitless software upgrades, hitless speed change and network rollback.  Highlights: 7060CX-32S - offers multi-speed...

Broadcom Debuts Cloud-optimized 25/50G Ethernet Controllers


Broadcom has begun sampling its new NetXtreme C-Series 10G/25G/40G/50G Ethernet controller product family designed for supporting greater virtual machine density in cloud data centers. The BCM57300 NetXtreme C-Series Ethernet controllers offer bidirectional 50G throughput with 30 Mpps performance and integrated flow processing capabilities from the server to the top-of-rack switch They complete Broadcom's end-to-end 25/50G data center solution,...

Video: Hyperscale Data Centers Drive Ethernet Innovation


Hyperscale data centers, such as those operated by Amazon and Google and Microsoft, are driving innovation in Ethernet, says Ahmet Houssein, Sr. VP and GM of QLogic's Ethernet Business Unit.  This short video highlights the need for 25G in these enormous, cloud facilities. A new 2550100 Alliance has been formed by a group of server, storage, networking and software companies to focus on solutions based on new 25Gb, 50Gb and 100Gb Ethernet technology....

Ixia Offers 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) Validation


Ixia is introducing a 25 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE) validation solution that builds on its native QSFP28 XcellonTM-Multis 100 GbE load modules to now provide 25GbE speed. "25GbE is a good example of the networking industry responding to a growing need in an agile manner. With the unprecedented explosion of bandwidth requirements in the data center, new technologies like 25GbE must be deployed very quickly. Ixia is at the forefront of making this happen,”...

Crehan: Multiple Technologies Drive Stronger Server Networking Upgrade Cycle


The availability of multiple new data-center Ethernet speeds will lead to a much stronger server networking upgrade cycle than seen over the past decade, according to a new Server-Class Adapter & LAN-on-Motherboard (LOM) Long-Range Forecast Report from Crehan Research. The firm expects that the impending arrival of 25 gigabit Ethernet (GbE), 50GbE and 100GbE products, in combination with existing 10GbE and 40GbE products, will result in more...

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Ethernet Alliance Garners Support for 2.5G and 5G

The Ethernet Alliance announced that twenty six of its member companies have joined its call for an IEEE 802.3 standard addressing 2.5 Gigabit Ethernet (2.5G) and 5 Gigabit Ethernet (5G) operation over today’s Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling infrastructure.

The Ethernet Alliance notes that since 2003, some 70 billion meters of Cat 5e and Cat 6 cabling have been sold. While the existing cable infrastructure can’t support 10GbE, new 2.5G/5G BASE-T speeds can provide the necessary bandwidth upgrade to support the deployment of 802.11ac Wi-Fi, enabling customers to extract the maximum value from their infrastructure investment.

“The Ethernet Alliance is dedicated to promoting industry awareness of both existing and emerging IEEE 802 Ethernet standards. With this standardization endeavor targeting an estimated 90 percent of the installed cabling infrastructure, and deployment of IEEE 802.11ac technology, our upcoming webinar will provide the industry with an overview of IEEE 802.3 standardization efforts,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell. “We, like our members, believe that an IEEE 802.3 standard for 2.5G/5G BASE-T operation will accelerate its development and adoption, allowing the technology to proliferate and expand into new markets and applications.”

http://www.ethernetalliance.org/

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Video Set: More Changes coming to Ethernet Standards

In this set of four videos, John D'Ambrosia, Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance, discusses how new applications for Ethernet, including Internet of Things (IoT) and automotive Ethernet, are driving the need for more Ethernet speed standards.

Fundamental changes in Ethernet architecture, including the adoption of 25G and 50G signalling at the chip level, suggest that future Ethernet standards will not simply follow the 10X leaps we've seen in the past.

Filmed at the Ethernet Technology Summit in Santa Clara, California.

1. Ethernet Standardizes Lower Speeds - https://youtu.be/J0WnAfX7Hoc
2. Ethernet at 2.5 and 5 Gbps Rates - https://youtu.be/lc5TRUcciF8
3. 400 GbE Ethernet Architecture - https://youtu.be/GxPnYneDdn0
4. Ethernet Rate Roadmap - https://youtu.be/U_-n8FhV_Zs