February 1, 2013
Big news on the higher-speed Ethernet front. No, not that work has begun on 400 Gigabit Ethernet (GbE), thus setting the bar low, but rather the intention to go for 1.6 Terabit Ethernet (TbE) afterward. Yes, that’s right. After decades of advancing Ethernet in increments of 10, we will now have to settle for a mere quadrupling of speeds each standards cycle. No word on whether the timeline of each cycle will shorten commensurately, though I have my doubts.
So why the sudden change? Surely for such a drastic turnabout to occur there must be an earthshattering reason. Perhaps going for TbE and 10TbE thereafter would rip the very time/space continuum of the uni...