800Gbps! So Fast The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium’s Name Is Obsolete
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The 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium haven’t been resting on their laurels after rolling out 25, 50 and 100Gbps Ethernet, today the announced an 800Gpbs specification. With this announcement their old name sounds a bit like a dial-up provider so they have rebranded themselves as the Ethernet Technology Consortium. If you hadn’t heard of them before, they are sponsored by such names as Broadcom, Cisco, Google, and Microsoft and several dozen other large businesses who are very interested in maintaining proper standards.
There is no hardware to buy yet, but The Register describes how a NIC would be designed to meet these specifications. The connection will run over eight 106 Gb/s lanes, either natively or on a device with a single MAC address scaled up to 800 Gb/s with two 400Gb/s PCS.
The Consortium on Monday announced the change and explained that it was founded to develop 25, 50 and 100Gbps Ethernet, but as it has knocked those off and now has an 800Gpbs spec to share the name doesn’t fit well any more.