The Ethernet Alliance has set December 3, 2018, as the starting date for its next Higher Speed Networking Plugfest at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) in Durham, NH.The weeklong event is designed to enable Ethernet Alliance members, equipment manufacturers, test and measurement technology suppliers, and other members of the Ethernet ecosystem to evaluate and improve interoperability atport data rates from 25 to 400 Gbps. The Ethernet Alliance also revealed it has signed an agreement with the 100G Lambda Multisource Agreement (MSA) Group that will enable MSA members to attend the event as well.
The technologies evaluated within the December plugfest are expected to be based on both recently completed and soon-to-be-ratified IEEE standards, particularly IEEE 802.3bs and IEEE P802.3cd. In light of the agreement with the 100G Lambda MSA, technology pertaining to that group’s 100G-FR and 400G-FR4 specifications should appear as well. Overall, the Ethernet Alliance expects the plugfest to include Ethernet physical layer transceivers (PHYs), network interface controllers (NICs), switches, test and measurement platforms, and both optical and copper media at speeds of 25, 50, 100, 200, and 400 Gbps.
“With so much technology development underway and transpiring on different time frames, 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 Corp. “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.”
The December event follows the most recent plugfest, held this past August (see “Ethernet Alliance plans Higher Speed Ethernet Plugfest”). More information about the upcoming plugfest is available on the Ethernet Alliance website.
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