The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers announced Monday
the formation of the IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections Higher Speed Ethernet Consensus group, the goal of which is to develop the next generation of Ethernet technology with far greater speeds than today's current standards.
IEEE's research concluded that core networking bandwidth was observed to double every 18 months, on average, according to an IEEE Ethernet bandwidth assessment published in July (PDF)
. "For 2015, we expect the bandwidth that needs to be supported to be 10 times what it was in 2010, and in 2020, 100 times what it was in 2010," said John D'Ambrosia, chair of the new consensus group. New Ethernet standards with higher bandwidth capabilities will be required to keep up with this growth.