Greetings Task Force Members,
My name is Karl Fritz and I work for the Special Purpose Processor Development Group at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN. Some of us are studying Terabit communication, so we have recently been paying more attention to your efforts. I was pleased to see the following article in Networkworld, which mentioned that you folks are looking ahead to Terabit communication around the 2015 timeline.
However, I do have a question related to the way the signals are grouped for 100GbE protocol. It appears that the data will be striped across 20 lanes, then down to 10 lanes (for the CAUI protocol) and then again possibly muxed down to 4 and then 1 (according the the Ethernet Alliance November 2008 Technology Overview document). Being that 10Gbps serdes exist, why does the standard start at 20 lanes (5 Gbps each)? If this standard is expected to be scaleable, it appears things could get rather messy if we want to scale this to Terabit speeds (effectively multiplying all this by 10).
Could somebody enlighten me a bit or point me as to why 20 lanes was selected as a standard? Why not go directly to 10 lanes at 10 Gbps?
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