The IEEE 802.3bs 400Gbps and 200Gbps Ethernet Specification has arrived

The IEEE 802.3bs 400Gbps and 200Gbps Ethernet Specification has arrived

The IEEE 802.3bs 400Gbps and 200Gbps Ethernet Specification has arrived

The IEEE 802.3bs standard has been approved, laying out the requirements for 200 Gigabit and 400 Gigabit Ethernet, bringing the industry into a new era of high-speed networking for cloud computing, data centers and internet exchanges. 

To put this into perspective, a 400Gb ethernet connection can transfer 50GB of data in a single second, enough data to fill a standard dual-layer Blu-Ray disk. Alternatively, this high speed interconnect could be used to transfer the entirety of GTA V in less than two seconds.

While this standard will not be coming to desktop users, it is a transformative standard that will accelerate the growth next-generation networks, laying the foundation for high-speed networks that be scaled more economically. Below is a comment from John D’Ambrosia, the Chairman of the Ethernet Alliance and Senior Principal Engineer at Huawei. 

     IEEE 802.3bs represents a transformational moment in the move to next generation of networks. The delivery of 200G and 400G is arriving just in time to meet growing needs for reliable, high-speed connectivity from a diverse array of applications and markets,

The exceptional effort resulting in the completion of this standard is only the start of the industry’s investment in the networks of tomorrow. We’ve laid a firm foundation for 200G and 400G with our early interoperability demonstrations and plugfests, but it’s time to kick things into high gear. The real work of testing and verifying multivendor interoperability begins now, and the Ethernet Alliance is ready. We look forward to building on past successes, and helping accelerate 200G and 400G Ethernet’s rollout and adoption.

 

Below is a video showcasing the Ethernet Alliance’s first demonstration of 400Gb Ethernet from March 2017 at the Optical Society’s optical networking and communications conference and expo. 

  

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