Cloud-server Ethernet speeds of 50Gbps now testable, says Spirent

January 05, 2016 // By Graham Prophet
Spirent has unveiled what it believes to be the first 50 Gb/sec Higher Speed Ethernet test solution to meet the growing needs of the cloud service provider (CSP) space. Spirent has completed the industry’s first 50GbE interoperability test with a global leader in cloud services and infrastructure.

The 50GbE Boost test system used in the interoperability test provided full wire-rate packet generation and analysis at 50 Gb/sec. The 50GbE Boost tests layer 1 to layer 3 quality and highlights error-free performance with different combinations of streams, frame lengths and rates by delivering per-port and per-stream statistics such as latency, frames out of sequence, frame counts and rates, L1 PRBS capability and layer 1 statistics to help debug physical link problems. Spirent has developed the test system based on its work in high speed Ethernet, as seen in its forthcoming QUINT-speed MX3, FX3, DX3 module series for 100/50/40/25/10GbE.

“According to [analysts] Dell’Oro Group 2015 data, 50Gbps servers will represent more than 30% of server shipments in 2019, up from essentially zero percent today,” says Abhitesh Kastuar, General Manager of Spirent’s Cloud and IP business. “With virtualised applications driving server performance it makes sense that access speeds are increasing from 10 to 25 and further to 50 Gbps. I believe the rapid adoption of 25G and 50G server links will drive the move to 100GbE and beyond for the uplinks from the leaf nodes to the spine nodes.”

The 25G/50G Ethernet Consortium specification for Gigabit Ethernet (50GbE) benefits cloud and enterprise data centre environments with high bandwidth server workloads or very low latency requirements. The 25G/50G Ethernet Consortium was formed to enable 25GE and 50GE solutions and promote standardisation efforts. The 50GbE specification cost-effectively increases network bandwidth to allow for cloud service providers to increase the performance and breadth of their services.

Because of the work of the 25G/50G consortium, and accelerated by the industry’s work on 100GbE, the basic building blocks for 50 GbE are now in place. With its 0G Boost program, Spirent is providing a path forward for industry leaders to get their initial 50 Gigabit Ethernet products to market.

Spirent Communications; www.spirent.com