Here comes the 100GigE Internet

Here comes the 100GigE Internet

Summary: You want a fast Internet? We've got your fast Internet right here, but it won't be fast enough for long.


This summer, the IEEE ratified IEEE 802.3ba, which sets down the technical guidelines for 40 Gigabit Ethernet (GigE) and 100GigE Ethernet. Now, companies and organizations are beginning to deploy these faster than fast optical Internet backbones.

Internet2, the consortium for ultra-high speed Internet for research and education institutions, has announced that it will begin deployment of a new, nationwide 100 GigE network. The group expects to complete deployment of this new network in 2013.

This network will be based on Juniper Networks' T1600 Core Routers equipped with their 100 GigE interface cards. As you would expect, this 100GigE will be using IPv6.

100GigE Internet backbones aren't just for researchers and academics though. Verizon has announced that before year's end it will deploy 100GigE for part of its European IP backbone. Verizon will deploy this network from Paris to Frankfurt.

Verizon will be doing this with Juniper Networks routers and Ciena's ActivFlex 6500 Packet-Optical Platform. Don't think you need that kind of speed? I'd disagree. As Philippe Morin, senior vice president of Ciena's global products group said in a statement "The need for ultra-high capacity and increased performance in networks continues to accelerate as end-user demand for cloud services, video and 4G and LTE ramp."

Now, of course, you're not going to get 100GigE to your small business or house. But when every increasing demand from consumers for more and more bandwidth for Netflix and other Internet video content, we're going to need all the bandwidth we can get on our Internet backbones. Terabit Ethernet anyone?

That last line isn't funny by the way. Facebook engineer Donn Lee told the Ethernet Alliance's Technology Exploration Forum last February that there is already "a need for 100-Gigabit Ethernet and where we're going for our upgrades, there is already a need for 1 Terabit."

Topics: Networking, Telcos, Verizon

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  • sdfdsf

  • 1 TbE

    Am I the only one who finds this exciting?
  • Stability?

    It's not exactly a breeze to get 10gE running stable in anything that isn't a new install (the problem lies mostly at the server side - for example, try putting more than one 10gE dual-port card in an HP server...)
  • RE: Here comes the 100GigE Internet

    Can existing hardware even put data into the pipe that fast? Sure, FC SANs and SSDs are helping get the data out of storage and into the pipe more quickly, but not this quickly!
    • I can't see this really helping

      @Pure_Guava .. the public at large.

      [i]"..Can existing hardware even put data into the pipe that fast? "[/i]

      Even in the event of having an 100Gb Ethernet implemented as the backbone, it doesn't change the fact there will always be managed throughput capacities from ISP's to their respective end users. As you will likely know, throughput (esp. in regards PPPoE, PPPoA - considering the general public are mostly DSL, broadband users) for the average user is still only as good as the explicit link to an ISP. Factor in the inescapable bottlenecks and latency over legacy ethernet and copper and were left back at square one: relatively slow connectivity for the majority of internet users.

      Again, I really can't see this changing the game for average Jane & Joe at home. The blog author admits as much.