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IEEE Launches 400G Ethernet Standards Process 94

alphadogg writes "The IEEE this week launched a study group to explore development of a 400Gbps Ethernet standard to support booming demand for network bandwidth. Networks will need to support 58% compound annual growth rates in bandwidth on average, the IEEE claims, driven by simultaneous increases in users, access methodologies, access rates and services such as video on demand and social media. Networks would need to support capacity requirements of 1 terabit per second in 2015 and 10 terabit per second by 2020 if current trends continue, the organization says."
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IEEE Launches 400G Ethernet Standards Process

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  • by buravirgil ( 137856 ) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:02AM (#43336219)
    I can't cite it, so it never happened, but the transfer of data, its more intensive examples, benefits corporations and governments and corporations and governments only. Human to human contact, such as voice calls, were promised to be ubiquitous and free because what worth corporations would derive from digital technology's rapid growth dwarfed what benefit an individual might. Instead, a text message is given charge by the character. An international call is distinguished from a local one. Maybe somone smarter than me can apply the addage about moving tapes in a station wagon to this latest mind blowing transfer rate and suss a conundrum of data capacity: Its storage versus its distribution. Whole library of congresses shall be traded between great power in the blink of an eye while the rest of us are to have thin clients driven by ad revenue.
  • by nitehawk214 ( 222219 ) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:13AM (#43336269)

    As of my post there were 8 posts, all pessimistic either stemming from "they will never be able to do it" or "customers wont want to upgrade" or "most of my customers are still 100mb, and thats all anyone will ever need"

    Who are you people? This is a cool and exciting new technology. Since when did this become a website full of luddites? (and seriously, the "100mb/640k is enough for everybody" people can go fuck yourselves)

  • by serviscope_minor ( 664417 ) on Tuesday April 02, 2013 @09:21AM (#43336309) Journal

    Is all that bandwidth really just wasted on shiny?

    You it's all just shiny, the world is going to hell in a handbasket and our youth now love luxury. They have bad manners, contempt for authority; they show disrespect for their elders and love chatter in place of exercise; they no longer rise when elders enter the room; they contradict their parents, chatter before company; gobble up their food and tyrannize their teachers.

    Now if you excuse me, I'll go and install that CentOS VM from the DVD image which downloaded in under an hour, listen to some streaming music and perhaps watch something on iPlayer this evening.

    Facetiousness aside, the increase in capacity is great. I can easily share huge files with far-flung co-workers, upload/download whole VM images to IAAS providers, watch video on the net and a whole host of other things.

    Oh, and finally, have you seen how fast "download all headers and articles" goes these days on even a busy usenet group? I remember doing that over a modem and it's much better now.

    I certainly get my money's worth.

Adding features does not necessarily increase functionality -- it just makes the manuals thicker.