We live in the era of streaming video and social networking, hence the need for large-scale networks to avoid logjam was never this serious. In a matter of fact, IEEE engineers observed that the bandwidth associated with core networking tends to double very eighteen months, meaning customers will need 1Tbps connections by 2015 and 10Tbps by 2020. To that end, last week, we’ve got informed about a new video-compression format (H.265) introduced compression levels roughly twice as high as the current H.264/AVC standard. This week, it was the time for the IEEE Consensus group to announce it’s laying groundwork for a new Ethernet standard that will likely support data transfer speeds between 1 gigabits per second and 1 terabit per second.
Don’t smile yet because this new Ethernet’s technology is not meant to insert in our houses soon enough. However it will surely be adapted by Google in the next few months. For the time being there is a meeting scheduled for late September in Geneva in order to begin with the discussions about the “1 Terrabits-per-second” bitrate, and under which circumstances companies could materialize the high cost of its infrastructure.
“The data from smartphones, tablets, PCs and another 16 billion devices forecasted to be on the Internet by 2020 all flow through the wireless, CATV and wired access points, through the metro, long-haul and undersea networks, to a data-center server anywhere in the world. Add to this the dramatic increase in the use of live and streaming video, and the data traffic calculations become simply astronomical. The only way all these different devices are going to communicate with each other is via industry standards set by groups such as the IEEE. The ability to support this exponential rise in traffic will continue to pressure the entire Ethernet eco-system to continue to drive cost per bit downward, so that manufacturers, service providers and users can be offered cost-effective, standards-based solutions, products and services.”