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Re: PMD Compromise

Roy & Mick,

To take Roy's comments a bit farther, the more complex an "finicky" a link
becomes, the less likely actual interoperability becomes. A friend of mine
at a switch manufacturer tried to actually interoperate OC-48LR modules
from 5 vendors and found that he had terrible problems getting them to work
reliabily. His company currently reccomends that OC-48 & OC-192
transceivers from their various suppliers only be used in pairs.

If we can expect similar results in long reach 10GBE, then
"standardization" becomes a farce. Why not allow specialists to go ahead
and produce what their customers need, unhindered by arbitrary, a priori