Google, Microsoft Among the Five Tech Giants to Form a Consortium
Google and Microsoft are among the five tech giants that have formed a consortium to go ahead with creating specifications for 25 Gigabit Ethernet as well as 50 Gigabit Ethernet.
The new 25 Gigabit Ethernet Consortium which was announced this week has members including Mellanox Technologies, Arista Networks, Google, Broadcom and Microsoft. The purpose of the consortium is to create standards both for 25 Gigabit Ethernet and 50 Gigabit Ethernet which are required in order to convert speed into systems. This kind of performance is becoming more and more important due to the expansion of cloud technology and also to optimize data centres in particular.
The consortium was formed after all the plans to create official Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) were halted at a meeting last March due to a lack of support.
According to the announcement of the group, the consortium announced the "royalty-free availability of initial specifications for both a single-lane 25-Gbps Ethernet and dual-lane 50-Gbps Ethernet link protocol" for vendors.
The tech giants say that actually the specifications published by the consortium "maximizes the radix and bandwidth flexibility of the data centre network while leveraging many of the same fundamental technologies and behaviours already defined by the IEEE 802.3 standard".
Whereas lab demonstrations have shown that Ethernet will be able to reach 400 Gbps one day but standards to turn speed into systems are required and this is what the tech giants wish to achieve.
The spec covers physical and MAC layer behaviours including "virtual lane alignment, auto-negotiation and forward error correction characteristics", says the group.
They anticipate that compliant implementations should be able to roll out in the next 12 to 18 months.
The specification prescribes a single-lane 25 Gbps Ethernet and dual-lane 50 Gbps Ethernet link protocol which enables up to 2.5 times higher performance per physical lane.
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