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[802.3ae] FW: Report regarding last week's meeting and forward-looking plans.


The following is a report of the IEEE P802.3ae (10 Gigabit Ethernet) special
interim meeting to resolve issues with Clause 52 of the 10 Gigabit Ethernet
Draft Standard. Clause 52 specifies the 10 Gb/s Serial PMD which is directly
referenced by 10GFC Clause 6. Note that the schedule outlined by the IEEE
P802.3ae chair, Jonathan Thatcher, indicates a Standard ratification by
June, 2002. This is an extremely aggressive schedule and absolutely requires
tight coordination between optical PMD experts from NCITS T11 and IEEE
802.3. Please note the strong desire for a co-located special IEEE P802.3ae
meeting with T11 during its April, 2002 Plenary week. More details on this
meeting will be announced shortly.

Best Regards,
Richard Taborek Sr.                     Intel Corporation
XAUI Sherpa                    Intel Communications Group
3101 Jay Street, Suite 110    Optical Strategic Marketing
Santa Clara, CA 95054           Santa Clara Design Center
408-496-3423                                     JAY1-101
Cell: 408-832-3957          mailto:rich.taborek@xxxxxxxxx
Fax: 408-486-9783          

-----Original Message-----
From: Jonathan Thatcher [mailto:Jonathan.Thatcher@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx]
Sent: Tuesday, February 19, 2002 5:24 PM
To: HSSG Reflector (E-mail); 802. 3@Ieee. Org (E-mail)
Subject: Report regarding last week's meeting and forward-looking plans.

Last week's meeting was a success. We had about 40 people in attendance,
primarily from the optics track. All comments were resolved. Draft 4.1 is in
process of being completed and distributed. Agilent Test and Measurement put
together an excellent meeting. The test set up exceeded expectation. Most
presentations were put together at the last minute and will probably take a
little time to get them ready for the reflector.

Significant changes were made to clause 52, both technically and
editorially. Due to the extent of the changes, we are going to open all of
Clause 52 for comment.  This clause will be made available to both the IEEE
802.3 Working Group and to the IEEE 802.3ae Task Force in the password
protected area of our web site. If you are not a Sponsor Ballot Group
member, you may submit comments to either myself or to Brad Booth (BUT NOT
BOTH) who will sponsor the comments. We HIGHLY recommend that you work in
conjunction with others to limit redundancies.

Below is the plan for our best case (most optimistic) plan going forward
and, as best as we can tell, the only way to get to a June ratification
(assumptions parenthetically stated). Please note that the interim date
needs to be in early April to make this work. There was never a plan for
802.3ae to meet in May, so there is NO allocation for our needs at the EFM
venue; we needed an alternative time and place anyway. Since the time slot
overlaps with Fibre Channel, and sufficient number of our optical experts
will be in Vancouver, and this is a relatively easy place for our
International collogues to fly in and out of, I am attempting to find space

Feb 27 - Apr 7    30 day notice out on interim meeting, contingent on 802.3
approval (dependant on date of meeting)

Feb 19           	Distribution of D4.1 (includes major changes to
clause 52) 

Feb 24 - Mar 6    1st recirculation ballot (assume TRs on 52 and perhaps 53)

Mar 11 - Mar 14   802.3 plenary meeting (last chance for technical changes
without risk for September slip)

Mar 14 - Mar 15   Conditional approval for RevCom submission from 802.3 and

Mar 19            Distribution of D4.2

Mar 24 - Apr 3    2nd recirculation ballot (possible TRs on changes)

Apr 4 - 12        802.3ae (52) interim meeting, possible Vancouver w/FC (no
technical changes lest new TRs possible) 

Apr 14            Distribution of D4.3

Apr 19 - 29       3rd recirculation ballot (possible pile-on TRs, no
substantive changes allowed from ballot)

Apr 30            D4.4 resubmitted to REVCOM (actual May 1?)

Jun 20 - 22       Standards Board Meeting

Jun 22            Ratification!!!

Jonathan Thatcher
Chair, 802.3ae Task Force