Faster Ethernet. How Fast?

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It was only a few years ago I suggested to budding IT techs they really study How GigiBit Ethernet works. It does have different requirements then 10/100/1000 Mbit Ethernet.

A couple of the "what does this do for me now?" types thought I was being silly.

OK, if you are only planning for a wireless LAN, it was being silly. And for the forseeable future, wired networking will always be faster and more secure than wireless networking. Always a down side to an engineering issue.

What I suggested then is true today. Gigibit Ethernet requires more care when installing then the previous conventions. And once a cable structure is in, it tends to stay in use as it is expensive to change it.

The news today is a Task Force has begun to lay out what the specification will look like for 40 and 100 Gigibit Ethernet. Today any modern computer does 10 Gigibit on the network Interface.

Certainly it cannot be said now what the Task Force will conclude. At this point I don't see copper being an option. The cost of fiber optics and its supporting parts have dropped greatly in costs. And the 'pain' of dealing with fiber has come a long way from the old polish and epoxy days.

As incredible as 100Gb Ethernet sounds, the lead inventor at PARC was Bob Metcalfe. I have followed Dr. Metcalfe for a long time. In reading his work, and I'll add to that some brief email disucssions, he has rarely been wrong. Only the massive collapse of the Internet never happened as he predicted.

Certainly Bob Metcalfe is both brillant and a man of his word. When he wrote in 1995 that if the Internet collaspe didn't happen he would eat his column (printed in InfoWorld).

Well a couple years later, to the chat of "Eat Baby, Eat", the good Dr. ate his own words (after checking to make sure IDG Publicications used non-toxic ink).

And that is the last time I can think of when Dr. Metcalfe was pubically wrong.

He is calling for TeraBit speed Ethernet by 2016.

Wow.

Some of the readers here at TRCB.com know I follow the EETimes very closely. Given the components that are already out as commerical products, combined with the R&D coming from HP Labs and Stanford, I only wonder if Bob will be wrong again. This time, with TeraBit Ethernet even before 2016.

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