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10 Gigabit Ethernet Position Statement

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10 Gigabit Ethernet Position Statement


Cisco Announces Support of the IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet Standard Effort and co-founds 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance

To support the IEEE 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet standards effort, Cisco joined with six other companies to establish the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance, an industry consortium with three primary objectives: support the IEEE standards effort, promote product interoperability, and accelerate the adoption of 10 Gigabit Ethernet technology.

As the leading provider of Gigabit Ethernet and switched internetworking solutions, Cisco Systems is committed to the development of technology and products that provide 10 gigabit per second transmission rates to address both service provider and enterprise customer requirements. Cisco is investing aggressively in 10 Gigabit Ethernet product development and will bring to market complete networking solutions that enable our enterprise and service provider customers to scale their networks.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet standards effort formally began with the creation of a study group in March 1999 called the Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG). Since March approximately 70 companies and 150 engineers have been working on 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the IEEE 802.3 Higher Speed Study Group (HSSG). This study group concluded its work in November and in February became the IEEE 803.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet Task Force.

Cisco has helped to lead the 10 Gigabit Ethernet standards process since its inception in March and supports the goals of the IEEE 802.3ae Task Force whose formal charter is to write the specification for 10 Gigabit Ethernet.

The formal goals of the 802.3ae Task Force include:

  • Preserve the 802.3 Ethernet frame format at the media access control (MAC) client service interface

  • Support the proposed P802.3ad standard for link aggregation

  • Support a speed of 10 Gbps at the service interface between the MAC/ and the physical layer signaling (PLS) sub-layer

  • Define two families of physical layers (PHYs)

  • A PHY operating at a data rate of 10 Gbps

  • A PHY operating at a data rate compatible with the payload rate of OC-192c/SDH VC-4-64c

  • Provide physical layer specifications which support line distances of

    • At least 100 meters over installed multimode fiber

    • At least 300 meters over multimode fiber

    • At least 2 km over single mode fiber

    • At least 10 km over single mode fiber

    • At least 40 km over single mode fiber

10 Gigabit Ethernet Standards Process Milestones

March 2000

First meeting of IEEE 802.3ae task force formed

July 2000

Last new proposal

September 2000

Draft 1

November 2000

Last new feature to be incorporated in spec

March 2001

Draft 3. Working group ballot

May 2001

Last technical change to spec

July 2001

Draft 4

March 2002

Formal ratification of standard

"As a leading vendor of Ethernet switches, Cisco is excited to help found the Alliance. Cisco has contributed to the rapid progress of the standards process. We look forward to helping our customers scale their LAN networks and create very high-speed, low-cost links between co-located carrier-class switches and routers in ISP/NSP networks."

Bruce Tolley

Product Manager,

Enterprise Line of Business

Cisco Systems

Vice President, 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance

Press release from the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance:

10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance Formed to Promote Next-Generation Ethernet and Support IEEE Standards Effort

3Com, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, Intel, Nortel Networks, Sun Microsystems, and World Wide Packets Join Forces to Promote 10 Gigabit Ethernet Technology

IEEE Standards Board Authorizes 10 Gigabit Ethernet Task Force (IEEE 802.3ae)

Mountain View, Calif. - February 8, 2000 - The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance announced its formation today. Its mission is to promote 10 Gigabit Ethernet for local area network (LAN), metropolitan area network (MAN), and wide area network (WAN) markets and support the IEEE 802.3 10 Gigabit Ethernet standards process. To this end, the Alliance also announced that the IEEE formally authorized the creation of the 802.3ae 10 Gigabit Ethernet Task Force to develop the standard for 10 Gigabit Ethernet. The Alliance was founded by seven industry leaders: 3Com (NASDAQ: COMS), Cisco Systems (NASDAQ: CSCO), Extreme Networks (NASDAQ: EXTR), Intel (NASDAQ: INTC), Nortel Networks (NYSE: NT), Sun Microsystems (NASDAQ: SUNW), and World Wide Packets.

Since March 1999, approximately 70 companies and 150 engineers have been working on 10 Gigabit Ethernet in the IEEE 802.3 HSSG. In January, the IEEE formally authorized the creation of the 802.3ae Task Force. This milestone marks the formal recognition that the Study Group has reached the necessary consensus about scope, goals, and technical feasibility of the project required to start a successful IEEE standards process.

"The IEEE 802.3 High Speed Study Group has accomplished a major feat in establishing a consensus on such matters as market potential and economic and technical feasibility among a wide variety of experts representing diverse industry segments," said Jonathan Thatcher, Chair of the High Speed Study Group and Director of Engineering at World Wide Packets. "While operation at 10 Gps is the natural evolution of Ethernet's highly successful network architecture, setting objectives for standardized operation at distances up to 40 km and inherent support for attachment to the Wide Area Network is nothing short of astounding." The Task Force has set itself an aggressive goal to achieve standardization by Spring of 2002.

"There is growing end-user interest in higher-speed Ethernet. Potential end users of 10 Gigabit Ethernet have been attending the meetings of the IEEE 802.3 Higher Speed Study Group. Some have estimated that their LAN bandwidth requirements will reach between 10 and 160 Gbps by 2002 and others foresee deployment of 10 Gigabit Ethernet in MAN and WAN applications," commented Bruce Tolley, Vice President of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance and Product Manager at Cisco Systems.

"The market's rapid acceptance of Gigabit Ethernet clearly surpassed industry expectations," explained Tony Lee, President of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance and Director of Product Marketing at Extreme Networks. "In order to serve the growing volume of Gigabit Ethernet traffic, not only in the LAN, but also for the first time, into the MAN/WAN, the availability of next-generation, high-speed Ethernet becomes ever more pressing. In anticipation of the emerging market, the Alliance has been created."

Positioned as a high-speed technology for networking applications in LANs, MANs, and WANs, 10 Gigabit Ethernet will provide very high bandwidth with simplicity and relatively low cost. In LAN applications, 10 Gigabit Ethernet will enable network managers to scale their packet-based networks from 10 Mbps to 10,000 Mbps and thereby leverage their investments in Ethernet as they increase the performance of their networks. In MAN and WAN applications, 10 Gigabit Ethernet will enable Internet Service Providers (ISPs) and Network Service Providers (NSPs) to create very high-speed links at very low cost between co-located carrier-class switches and routers.

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance was officially founded January 25th and held its first Board of Directors meeting on January 31st. The Board elected Tony Lee from Extreme Networks as President and Bob Grow from Intel Corporation and Bruce Tolley from Cisco Systems as Vice Presidents.

About the 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance

The 10 Gigabit Ethernet Alliance was organized to facilitate and accelerate the introduction of 10 Gigabit Ethernet into the networking market. It was founded by networking industry leaders: 3Com, Cisco Systems, Extreme Networks, Intel, Nortel Networks, Sun Microsystems, and World Wide Packets. Additionally, the Alliance will support the activities of IEEE 802.3 Ethernet committee, foster the development of the 802.3ae (10 Gigabit Ethernet) standard, and promote interoperability among 10 Gigabit Ethernet products.