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Ethernet Alliance takes up the Rate Debate

The Ethernet Alliance, a global consortium dedicated to the advancement of Ethernet technologies, has announced details of its upcoming Technology Exploration Forum 2014 (TEF 2014), “The Rate Debate”.

A gathering of industry leaders, technology developers, and end users will address the technology’s evolving roadmap, including speeds, standards, challenges, and what may lie in store for Ethernet and its related technologies.

TEF 2014 is October 16, 2014 at the Santa Clara Convention Center, California.

“TEF 2014 presents a timely, much-needed opportunity for consensus-building between all of the diverse constituencies within the Ethernet ecosystem, especially given new 25GbE and 400GbE standards efforts already underway. However, there’s much, much more to TEF 2014 than just a mere dialog over what the next speed should be,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance, and chief Ethernet evangelist, Dell.

The single-day event serves as a forum where industry stakeholders can gather to address emerging challenges, new technology developments, and Ethernet’s expansion.

The TEF 2014 event agenda encompasses topics relating to Ethernet, including current, emerging, and future rates; a potential roadmap; current standards development projects; and the value of introducing new Ethernet rates into the data center application space for computing and networking.

Other sessions include Implications of the Next Signaling Rate on Ethernet Speeds; Server Diversity: Why One Speed Is No Longer Enough; and The Impact of Ethernet Rates on Optics.

“The explosion of data generated by billions of smart devices is driving changes for data center networks at a faster pace than our industry has previously experienced,” said Steve Schultz, director of marketing, networking division, Intel. “The fast evolution of Ethernet standards is critical to ensure innovation, interoperability, and a strong ecosystem.”

“Ethernet usage is far from stagnant, and the exploding growth of network demands signal that the shift to 40 and 100GbE is underway and 400GbE development has started,” said Thananya Baldwin, senior director, strategic programs, Ixia.

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