Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

Summary: Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara are aiming for 1 Terabit Ethernet over optical fiber -- 1 trillion bits per second -- by 2015 and 100 Terabit Ethernet by 2020.

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Today's Internet isn't built to handle the increase in data traffic and associated energy requirements projected over the next 10 years. And in half that time, current Ethernet technologies may not be able to keep up with the speed and bandwidth required for applications like streaming high definition video, cloud computing, and distributed data storage.

To get over this hurdle, researchers with the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB) are aiming for 1 Terabit Ethernet over optical fiber — 1 trillion bits per second — by 2015 and 100 Terabit Ethernet by 2020. Google, Verizon, Intel, Agilent Technologies and Rockwell Collins are partnering with TOEC as founding industry affiliates.

“We’re going to need dramatic breakthroughs across multiple disciplines, not only in the core Ethernet technologies but in Ethernet-based networking and in the engineering and measurement systems used to develop and test these new technologies,” says Daniel Blumenthal, a Professor at UCSB and Director of TOEC.

Today's networking equipment is hitting a wall as 100 Gigabits per second is implemented because of the amount of power needed to run and cool the required systems. So to get Ethernet toward 100 Terabits per second, the underlying technologies will require to scale as needed. Using energy-saving technologies based on photonics is the path forward. (Scientists at Alcatel-Lucent Bell Labs report that optical transmission gear consumes more than a factor of 10 less than other network technologies such as cellular base stations and packet routers.)

According to a release, research at TOEC will build on advancements UCSB has made in materials, advanced electronics, photonic integrated circuit technology, silicon photonics and high-speed integrated optical and electronic circuits, and in bridging these new technologies with real networking systems.

Blumenthal says new low-cost, energy-efficient optical technologies that leverage the techniques now used in semiconductor manufacturing will be the foundation for the Ethernet of the future.

“Our strategy of using silicon photonics to create low-cost, integrated, Terabit-per-second devices fits perfectly with TOEC’s charter for energy-efficient high-speed Ethernet,” says Mario Paniccia, Director of Intel’s Photonics Technology Lab.

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  • new bandwidth, old computers

    People still only purchase new computers between 3~5 years. Due to slowness, expiration, or cool factors. A user's local transfer is still a couple of megs with the current SATA and gigbit ethernet cards. The new terabit transfer will benefit ISPs and companies, but the consumer will not see these speeds unless they to have $$$ in their pockets for that type of connection and supporting hardware.
    Maarek
    • RE: Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

      @Maarek

      Yes i believe the are referring to the internet backbones in this article anyway. i mean Fiber to the home for most is just a pipe dream. Most of us are stuck with crummy dsl/cable connections
      MLHACK
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  • Keep Dreaming

    This country's infrastructure is so jacked you are lucky if you can get megabit Internet in most places. Americans are more concerned with Jersey Shore and Obama paying their bills than achieving technological prowess....gone are the days of the 50's and 60's when we actually had vision. Those are lost to Lady Gaga and The View.
    cyberslammer2
    • RE: Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

      @cyberslammer2

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  • It helps to set a goal

    I don't know if one terabit ethernet by 2015 is realistic or not, but in high-tech it always helps to set the bar high. It forces people to think in novel ways.

    If they do succeed, no doubt there will be scaled-down technologies that will make it into the home. As a result, everybody will benefit.
    zackers
    • RE: Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

      @zackers

      Sorry to rain on you parade but history shows that the big isp have no interest in updating there networks they only want to fatten there pockets with stockholder bonus checks
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  • RE: Researchers to develop 1 Terabit Ethernet by 2015

    this technology will probably push the speeds of networks within buildings and maybe within computers themselves first, before spreading to the internet backbones.
    However, DARPA's LASOR project already shows some promise of putting some of the TOEC's work into the national infrastructure. The fibers are already placed - it's just about filling them with ethernet-routable optical packets, and doing that routing in optics, not electronics.

    trans-atlantic fiber capacity:
    http://www.pcworld.com/businesscenter/article/167143/transatlantic_internet_cables_may_be_filled_by_2014.html
    DARPA LASOR:
    http://www.ocpn.ece.ucsb.edu/index.php/research-areas?view=project&task=show&id=4
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