This time around, the information gathered may help the next high-speed Ethernet group decide whether to aim for 1T bps or 400G bps. Though any new standard takes years to develop, there are much more significant challenges involved in achieving Terabit Ethernet than there are in 400G bps, said D'Ambrosia, who is also the chief Ethernet evangelist at switch vendor Force10 Networks. Some of those challenges were laid out at the Ethernet Technology Summit held earlier this year in Santa Clara, California.
The ad hoc group has met a few times since late February to work out logistical issues but was formally announced on Monday. It plans to spend the first half of this year organizing its efforts and the second half of the year gathering data, and then aims to issue a report in the first half of next year.