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Subject: Re: [OMPI users] Slightly off topic: Ethernet and InfiniBand speedevolution
From: Robert Kubrick (robertkubrick_at_[hidden])
Date: 2009-05-05 16:13:08

It is indeed surprisingly hard to draw a simple timeline for ethernet
speed evolution. Network throughput is relative to the medium (fiber
optic, coaxial, twisted pair...), distance (LAN, switch, WAN), number
of channels (half duplex, full duplex), level of commercialization
(research, production, commodity....). All these factors contributed
to different ethernet NIC speeds during the same decade or even year.

My goal was to compare network performances evolution vs CPU
frequency advance in the past and for the next 10 years. It is a lot
easier to show x86 CPU frequency changes on a time chart.

On May 5, 2009, at 2:47 PM, Jeff Squyres wrote:

> On May 5, 2009, at 1:59 PM, Robert Kubrick wrote:
>> I am preparing a presentation where I will discuss commodity
>> interconnects and the evolution of Ethernet and Infiniband NICs. The
>> idea is to show the advance in network interfaces speed over time on
>> a chart. So far I have collected the following *approximative* data
>> for Ethernet:
>> 1990 --> 100Mbits/s
>> 2000 --> 1Gbits/s
>> 2010 --> 10Gbits/s
>> 2020 --> 100Gbits/s
> FWIW, your ethernet timeline might be a little too long. I could
> swear I read an internet trade rag recently that was anticipating
> pre-standard 40Gbps ethernet equipment by the end of 2010 (similar
> to how you can buy pre-standard 802.11n equipment from a variety of
> vendors now). My *guess* is that 100Gbps will follow much less
> than 10 years later because there are already carriers today who
> need/want/would buy it.
> (note: that's totally a guess -- don't read anything into into
> based on my email address; I'm in the unified computing/server
> group at Cisco -- nowhere near related to the 40/100Gbps groups)
> --
> Jeff Squyres
> Cisco Systems
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