University of New Hampshire Tests Energy Efficient Ethernet
The University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory (UNH-IOL) is a testing ground for Energy Efficient Ethernet.
In June UNH-IOL became the first facility of its kind to be able to test the new IEEE 802.3az EEE standard. According to this report on The Whir, this new protocol was developed to reduce the power that drives data throughput during periods of low Internet usage or minimal Ethernet activity.
"Unlike the current Ethernet protocol, which maintains a constant, always-on link between devices for instant connectivity, the new EEE standard enables network devices to enter a low-power idle mode when not transmitting data, dramatically reducing energy requirements. Network devices can be woken up and back in normal operation with minimal latency, resulting in little or no impact on data transmission.
"The UNH-IOL focuses on testing services for data, telecom and storage networking technology, helping to cost effectively speed go-to-market time for products. In compliance with the IEEE 802.3az Task Force's current draft standard, the UNH-IOL's EEE testing service helps member companies assess the interoperability of devices before the standard is finalized, providing the opportunity to have market-ready equipment available as soon as the standard is approved."