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A Meeting of Minds: 400GbE and OTN

By David Law

Monte Carlo is a city associated with speed and Formula One racing.  Since 1929 it has provided the backdrop to the Monte Carlo Grand Prix, which are run through its very streets.  The week of June 17, Monte Carlo played host to another event closely associated with speed – the WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking Conference.  The participants at this conference are interested in speed the same way that racing enthusiasts follow the Grand Prix, except in this case the speed that these participants need is to keep up with the exponential growth in bandwidth demand that is challenging their optical transport networks. 


Figure 1- Courtesy of Jane Watson, IIR Telecom

I headed to this beautiful city to start a different type of journey – the “Road to 400 GbE.”  The timing of this event was perfect, as the IEEE 802.3 400 Gb/s Ethernet Study Group had just held its first meeting the month before in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada.  The Ethernet Alliance hosted the IEEE 802.3 Interim meeting series where this first meeting took place, and in anticipation of the need for industry consensus building, organized a panel at the WDM & Next Generation Optical Networking Conference to discuss the interactions between 400 Gb/s Ethernet and the optical transport networks.  I was the moderator of this panel, entitled “Addressing the Needs for Higher Speeds:  400G versus Terabit.”  This panel brought together Martin Pels, from the Amsterdam Internet Exchange, Marco Bertolini from Alcatel-Lucent, Ghani Abbas from Ericsson, who is on the Board of Directors for the OIF, and Peter Stassar from Huawei, who is the Rapporteur for the ITU-T SG 15

It was ironic that this panel was meeting during the 3rd Anniversary Week of the Ratification of 40Gb/s and 100 Gb/s Ethernet.  In some ways the conversation was the same as it is with every speed jump.  What are the applications?  How far do we need to go?  What types of fibers are people willing to use?  These are the normal types of questions.  But one question was not discussed – Why are we talking to each other?  The 40GbE and 100GbE project settled this issue, and it was understood as the new IEEE 802.3 400Gb/s Ethernet Study Group was formed.  The transport of Ethernet will be carried across various networks, and it is imperative to all parties that the end-to-end communication of Ethernet traffic is enabled!

–          David Law is a distinguished engineer at HP Networking and chair of the IEEE 802.3 Ethernet Working Group


The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely that of the individual(s) and should not be considered the views or positions of the Ethernet Alliance.


The Future of Ethernet

By Gilda Foss

Ethernet Alliance presents the Technology Exploration Forum of 2013!

Gilda Foss, Industry Evangelist, Office of the CTO, NetApp

TEF Chairperson & Board of Directors, Ethernet Alliance

The Ethernet Alliance is back with our Technology Exploration Forum [TEF] happening on October 15, 2013 and this year we are taking it to the future!  You won’t want to miss this event where many of the best and brightest minds in the networking industry will be.  We will be discussing the future of Ethernet, as we target the next generation of applications and technologies that will drive the next generation of specifications.  This forum will bring together experts and key players in the Ethernet industry to discuss and explore these areas. In addition to its own broad membership, which includes component vendors, system vendors, and end users, this event is open to non-Ethernet Alliance members. Together, these two constituencies will provide a diverse set of backgrounds, ensuring lively discussion and helping the industry define a vision for the future of Ethernet.

Bob MetcalfWe are also very pleased & honored to announce that Mr. Bob Metcalfe will be our keynote speaker.   Most of you know Bob as the inventor of Ethernet so we are just thrilled to have an innovator of his caliber speaking at our event.  In addition to his keynote presentation, Bob will also be leading a brainstorming session where ideas will be shared and challenges will be discussed. 

Furthermore, we have the privilege of also having Mr. Nan Chen as a featured speaker at our TEF!  Mr. nanChen is known in the telecom/networking industry as the founding President of the MEF. The MEF has profoundly shaped the telecom and Internet industry by establishing Carrier Ethernet as the predominant technology and service for businesses, homes, mobile infrastructure, and for next generation networking of the Internet.

Please submit your ideas for panels and topics.  The sessions will be completely interactive while providing a wealth if information.  The deadline for submissions is July 26th, so don’t wait!

We’ve already gotten the ball rolling with promoting the TEF through our various social media channels such as Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.  Please check back for blogs and videos that will be posted as well.  The closer we get to the event, the more tweets you are sure to see – so please re-tweet to your Twitterverse and post comments and discussions on both the Facebook and LinkedIn sites where you can converse with your peers about the various topics at hand.  Perhaps it will spark your interest on something that you yourself could speak on at the TEF!  We also have several different opportunities for sponsorships that include Platinum ($5,000), Gold ($2,500), Lunch / Break ($500), Giveaway ($250), 40th Birthday Party Reception ($1,500).  For more information about sponsorships, please visit our TEF 2013 Sponsorship page. 

We look forward to a successful exchange of ideas on the future of Ethernet, driven by lots of participation by individuals just like you!  Don’t hesitate to submit your ideas and topics of interest.  We will be reviewing each and every one that comes in, so make sure you take some time to think about how you can make your own mark at the TEF!  Recognition for your company and recognition for yourself can go a long way with events like this, so don’t miss out!  Please visit our TEF 2013 website for more information and details – we look forward to hearing from you soon and seeing you there in October!



The views and opinions expressed in this blog are solely that of the individual(s) and should not be considered the views or positions of the Ethernet Alliance.