HMMI had outgrown its 10Gbit/s infrastructure. Each wiring closet now uses two link-aggregated 100Gbit/s ports, the equivalent of one 200Gbit/s pipe.
We're starting to hear about the medical industry needing low-latency services, but for these campus connections, that wasn't a factor. "They were looking more at pure Layer 2, high-performance services," says Daniel Williams, a Brocade director of product marketing.
The chips also include a new, optional FEC algorithm that Cortina is calling High Gain FEC, offering a 9.4 dB gain when adding 7 percent overhead to the traffic payload. (A 10 dB gain with 20 percent overhead is possible, too.)
The CS6050s have been sampling since October. Volume production is expected in the first half of 2012.
Four ports is the highest 100Gbit/s link aggregation we've heard claimed so far. If someone's bettered that, we'd be curious to know.
Other recent 100Gbit/s happenings:
- China Telecom Preps 100G Trial
- Canoga Perkins Brings 100G to Demarc
- Luxtera Tries Its Hand at 100G
- Rostelecom's 100G Hedge
- Infinera's 100G Goes Undersea
- NeoPhotonics Makes a 100G Move
— Craig Matsumoto, West Coast Editor, Light Reading