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An Update on 10GbE Ecosystem Developments

Leonid Grossman (leonid@neterion.com)

As 10GbE adoption in the datacenter slowly takes off, it is becoming apparent that this transition unfolds quite differently from user experience with earlier Ethernet technology cycles. Some of the differences between GbE and 10GbE adoption cycles include the much delayed arrival of 10G Base-T technology, as well as new discontinuities such as I/O fabric convergence and I/O virtualization. At the same time, significantly increased complexity, cost and power consumption of 10GbE Ethernet hardware forced server adapter vendors into alternative designs (state machine ASIC NICs vs firmware engine NICs, "offload" NICs vs. "onload" NICs, etc.), none of which has emerged yet as a "perfect product". As new 10GbE adapters get released to the marketplace, it becomes more clear which of these architectures are likely to fulfill their promises and remain viable in the long run. 

BoF is expected to provide participants with better understanding of the challenges that 10GbE adoption is facing today, of the areas where the technology likely will (and will not) be applicable, and of the likely triggers and timelines for wider 10GbE adoption through the end of this decade and beyond.