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Re: Renaming the WAN PHY

[Date: 03/24/2000  From Seto]


I completely agree.
Geoff was right when he tried to name it SONET-Lite, or something, in the 
earlier stage of the 10GbE HSSG discussion.  


> Colleagues:
> To follow up on the suggestion made by Jonathan during the New Mexico 
> plenary, may I be so bold as to suggest that we change the name of the "WAN 
> PHY" to something very simple like PHY with SONET framer.
> We need to get the word WAN out of the name of the PHY
> o Most common folk outside the esteemed IEEE process think long distance 
> when they think WAN and on the basis of Paul Bottorf of Nortel,'s 
> presentations the initial application of the WAN PHY would be for short 
> links between collocated equipment often in the same room.
> 2) There are ways to build MANs/WANs that do not require SONET. For 10GbE 
> some of these MANs/WANs will use the LAN PHY and a 1550 PMD over dark fiber 
> or dark wavelengths. The proof point for this is the 1000s of long distance 
> 1310 nm 1550 nm 1000BASE-X GBICs  that are being deployed today over dark 
> fiber.  The WAN PHY as stated in the goal does not address the total 
> possible 10GBE WAN market and confuses people.. This makes it a bad name in 
> my opinion
> I do not think we necessarily need a motion to change the objective, but I 
> think we need to choose our words carefully when we name the PHY that the 
> objective signifies.
> Bruce
> Cisco Systems