Network Week reports controversy at the IEEE which threatens to stall development of a 100Gbps standard. The conflict lies between participants from the high-speed networking community, who want the committee to press on with developing a 100Gbps standard immediately, and participants from the computer server community, who want some variety of intermediate standard of 40Gbps. Unfortunately producing the latter will delay delivery of the faster standard, which groups such as Internet Exchanges (like LINX) are keen to see delivered as fast as can be managed. Server manufacturers see no immediate need for the faster (and inevitably more expensive) standard in their own equipment; the networking community perceive the server people as selfishly sabotaging development of an essential standard.
The chair of the High Speed Study Group, John D’Ambrosia, warns that the dispute could cause the IEEE to terminate his committee, saying “All must work together to drive towards a consensus position or the future of this group is clearly in doubt”.