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[802SEC] Proposed Industry Connections activity modification - IEEE 802.3 Next Generation Enterprise/Campus/Data Center Ethernet

Dear Colleagues,

Please find information below in respect to a draft IEEE-SA Industry Connections Activity Initiation Document (ICAID) modification in relation to the existing IEEE 802.3 Industry Connections activity for Next Generation Enterprise/Campus/Data Center (NG-ECDC) Ethernet. Based on past practice in relation to IEEE 802.3 Industry Connection activities, an ICAID requires the endorsement of both the IEEE 802.3 Working Group and the IEEE 802 Executive Committee, and I will follow the process for a PAR modification request.

Best regards,


[1] Draft modified ICAID:

Draft modified ICAID: <>

[2] Explanatory technical background material:

To date the IEEE 802.3 NG-ECDC industry connections activity has provided support for multiple efforts: (a) 50GbE, (b) "X" by 50 Gb/s PMDs, (c) 25GbE Singlemode fibre (SMF) Optics, (d) Ethernet YANG Models, (e) Single Pair Extended Reach, (f) Next Generation Automotive, and (g) Extended Reach Optics (50GbE/200GbE/400GbE). To date efforts (a) through (e) resulted in successful IEEE 802.3 Calls For Interest (CFI) and the formation of IEEE 802.3 Study Groups with (a) through (c) now having approved PARs and operating as IEEE 802.3 Task Forces. There will be a IEEE 802.3 CFI for effort (f) at the November 2016 Plenary, and effort (g) continues to meet and build industry connections activity.

The success of the IEEE 802.3 NG-ECDC industry connections activity has been noted by IEEE 802.3 participants, who have justified its use for some efforts through non-primary applications that can be envisioned by the same solutions for Next Generation Data Center, Enterprise, and Carrier applications. However, given Ethernet's growing diversity in application areas outside of the noted target area of the Industry Connections activity, there has been support to broaden the scope of the industry connections activity to all 'New Ethernet Applications'.

[3] Status of the development of the modified ICAID:

This ICAID is pending IEEE 802.3 Working Group endorsement at the November plenary, based on this should the IEEE 802.3 Working Group not endorse the ICAID, I will not place it on the IEEE 802 Executive Committee agenda.

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