Today the Ethernet Alliance unveiled the agenda for its 2016 Technology Exploration Forum (TEF 2016). At the center of the day’s agenda is Ethernet’s quickening journey through its next decade of continuous technology evolution and growth as the marketplace continues to change. TEF 2016: The Road to Ethernet 2026 is scheduled for September 29, 2016, at the Santa Clara County Convention Center, Santa Clara, Calif.
At TEF 2016, we’re gathering together to explore the next 10 years of Ethernet; as the voice of Ethernet, the Ethernet Alliance is committed to leading the industry’s long-term vision. We’re in the midst of a period of unbridled expansion and advancement that’s opening the door to new markets and applications. Even though these dynamic changes are just beginning to resonate across the technology landscape, there’s no time to waste – we need to look past those things already set in motion and begin assessing the path that lies beyond,” said John D’Ambrosia, chairman, Ethernet Alliance; and senior principal engineer, Huawei. “TEF 2016 is an important opportunity to kick off the forward-looking discussions that will carry Ethernet through the next decade.”
A unique, one-day forum drawing key stakeholders from across diverse markets and sectors, TEF 2016: The Road to Ethernet 2026 agenda includes presentations and panel discussions focused on Ethernet developments throughout the next 10 years. Event sessions currently scheduled include:
- The Future Ethernet Data Center – Review of and debate over the need for and Ethernet’s place in tomorrow’s data centers.
- Ethernet Flexes Its Ports – Discussion of the future of higher-speed ports, Flex Ethernet, how the industry will leverage them, and their potential evolution.
- Interconnect Beyond 50 Gb/s – Overview of next-generation signaling technologies for various mediums beyond 50 Gb/s, and test methodologies for those technologies.
- Are Standardized Ethernet Optics Obsolete? – Exploration of the continued importance and role of standardization to the future of Ethernet.
- Ethernet in Autonomous Cars – Presentation outlining Ethernet as the network backbone for connected vehicles and autonomous cars.
- Ethernet-Enabled S-SMART – Dialogue on the future of Ethernet-enabled stores and retail experiences.
Ethernet’s paradigm is shifting yet again, with significant impacts occurring at every point in the ecosystem, including data centers, campus, higher bandwidth access points, and cloud providers. The accelerating migration toward 2.5 Gigabit per second (Gb/s), 5 Gb/s, 25 Gb/s, and 100 Gb/s, combined with strong demand for increased bandwidth and a surging Ethernet switch market means interesting times lie ahead,” said Alan Weckel, vice president, Dell’Oro Group. “Events like TEF 2016 are an ideal avenue for examining Ethernet’s future and securing the industry consensus needed to drive the next generation of networking innovation.”