Workshop on
"Greater than 10 Gigabits per second Copper Ethernet"

August 10-12, 2009


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The Workshop


10GBASE-T, or IEEE 802.3an-2006, is a standard released in 2006 to provide 10 Gigabits per second (Gbps) connections over conventional unshielded or shielded twisted pair cables, over distances up to 100m. Innovative and emerging server technologies including multi-core processing, virtualization, networked storage, and I/O convergence are contributing to a growing bandwidth requirement in the enterprise computing environment.

The 10Gbps Ethernet limits the existing major applications that are served by products, such as: search engine reach, medical interactive networking, secure communication networking including banking, credit cards, insurance, government and military installations, distributed computing and data centers. Aggregating today’s 10 Gigabit Ethernet (10GbE) computing devices and the future higher speed 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) interfaces in the data center requires 100 Gigabit Ethernet (100GbE) interfaces for the switch-to-switch interconnection. Similar aggregation effects are present in the carrier and service provider networks, where it has become increasingly challenging for service providers to accommodate customer requests for services due to the bandwidth constraints of their network core. 100GbE is the identified solution for providing the next generation of internet connectivity to continue to fuel the delivery of new services and content to the consumer and business customers.

 Hence, there is a need to start looking beyond the 10GBASE-T standard to a new standard for transmission over copper Ethernet.


Who Should Attend?


This workshop is intended to bring together those interested in greater than 10 Gbps connections over non-fiber cables to hear from experts in the area and to start designing a roadmap for the beyond 10 Gbps Ethernet. Therefore, the workshop will be of interest to engineers and executives in companies supplying the industry, equipment users, researchers, and government officials.


Why Attend?


To gain an edge in staying competitive in a challenging industry. You will learn from experts about the latest developments in defining a roadmap to design systems for beyond 10Gbps copper Ethernet and have the opportunity to exchange ideas with them, as well as other professionals and business leaders.


About the Sponsors



With energy as the basis of its development, Nexans, the worldwide leader in the cable industry, offers an extensive range of cables and cabling systems. The Group is a global player in the infrastructure, industry, building and Local Area Network markets. Nexans addresses a series of market segments from energy, transport and telecom networks to shipbuilding, oil and gas, nuclear power, automotive, electronics, aeronautics, handling and automation. With an industrial presence in more than 30 countries and commercial activities worldwide, Nexans employs 22,000 people and had sales in 2007 of 7.4 billion euros. Nexans conducts extensive research and development at its Data Communications Competence Center located at Berk-Tek, a Nexans Company, in New Holland, Pennsylvania, USA.



The Center for Information and Communications Technology Research (CICTR) is a center within the College of Engineering at The Pennsylvania State University - UP Campus. The mission of  CICTR is teaming with industry and government partners to generate solutions for the current and future technical challenges in those areas of technologies, systems, and network architectures that enable the vision of information age.  The center, since its start in 1997, has been funded by several industry and government sponsors.











Nexans co-sponsors workshop investigating greater than 10G capabilities






Workshop General Chair:

Dr. Mohsen Kavehrad

W.L. Weiss Professor of Electrical Engineering and

CICTR Director

The Pennsylvania State University


University Park, PA 16802