"It is an enabler" of those technologies and initiatives, D'Ambrosia says. "It's not the only thing that will make it take off, but it is an enabler."
The IEEE collaborated with the International Telecommunication Union's Telecommunication Standardization Sector (ITU-T) Study Group 15 to ensure that the new Ethernet rates are transportable over optical transport networks, the IEEE said.
IEEE 802.3ba remains compatible with existing IEEE 802.3 installations, which helps preserve existing Ethernet investments, the IEEE says. The new standard is also expected to lower operating expenses and improve energy efficiencies by alleviating the need to aggregate multiple 10G links to achieve 40G and 100G rates, the standards organization says.
The new standard has the same Ethernet frame format as IEEE 802.3, D'Ambrosia says. Clocking schemes are also "within the bounds of the limits of believable and doable," he says.
The standard is immediately available for purchase in draft format, the IEEE says.
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