100 Gigabit Ethernet or 100GbE are high-speed computer network that allows the data transfer of 100 gigabits per second over multiple 10 Gb/s or 25 Gb/s lanes. 100 Gigabit Ethernet network communication systems are designed as per IEEE 802.3. Many telecommunications and networking system companies are in the development of 100 Gigabit Ethernet. 100 Gigabit Ethernet communication will be commercially available by 2012.

Today’s Internet isn’t built to handle the increase in data traffic and associated energy requirements projected over the next 10 years. And in half that time, current Ethernet technologies may not be able to keep up with the speed and bandwidth required for applications like streaming high definition video, cloud computing, and distributed data storage.

A new research center has been launched at the University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB). Researchers with the Terabit Optical Ethernet Center (TOEC) will develop the technology necessary for a new generation of Ethernet a thousand times faster, and much more energy efficient, than today’s most advanced networks. They are aiming for 1 Terabit Ethernet over optical fiber—1 trillion bits per second—by 2015, with the ultimate goal of enabling 100 Terabit Ethernet by 2020. In order to meet the complexity, cost, power and footprint requirements of future Terabit Ethernet, Green photonic integrated circuits (PICs) and high performance electronics as well as Ethernet protocols, systems and Terabit applications are areas addressed in the center research.