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The University of California is developing a new generation of Ethernet networks.

One of the most pressing problems in the IT field is the need to constantly increase the speed of information transfer. This problem is tried to be solved in many companies, including in the laboratories of universities. So, at the University of California, at the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) research center, scientists are developing a new generation of Ethernet networks. Interestingly, these very “American scientists”, led by Daniel Blumenthal, director of the TOEC laboratory, have achieved some success. Probably, it is precisely these successes that allow them to say that in five years there will be a technology that will help transmit information 1000 times faster than is possible now.

To be precise, the new technology will allow transferring one cable about 1 terabit per second. Well, our Americans are not going to stop there, and by 2020 they plan to introduce technology that will help transfer data at a rate of 100 terabits per second.
Interestingly, the ideas and work of the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) is not a simple fiction, such monsters of the IT market as Google, Verizon, Intel, Agilent Technologies and Rockwell are interested in the project. Solid list, agree. And all these companies are going to allocate funds to finance the entire project. It is clear why - because if successful, the investment will pay off many times over.

But the acceleration of data transfer is needed now, like air - after all, the emergence of social networks, HD-video services and other attributes of the modern Internet requires expanding the capacity of existing networks. And new technologies will be able to help implement all these plans.

Experts are working to improve Ethernet because, according to scientists, Ethernet is the standard for transmitting data at various scales. Ethernet is still suitable in many ways, and is simply being improved. By the way, the network division of Verizon Wireless is already involved in the project, which was recently announced by the vice-president of this division, Stuart Elby. He believes that users really need terabit speeds per second. But the current limitation of Ethernet does not allow to transfer data faster than with a speed of 100 Gbit / s.

In addition to speeding up the transfer of data, scientists are trying to create appropriate energy-saving technologies that will allow future data centers to operate with less energy than they do now. In general, everything is good here, it remains only to wait for the appearance of the updated technology.

Via hpcwire

Source: https://habr.com/ru/post/106649/

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