Learning the Basics
This presentation from 2010 is still a premium guide to learning fibre optic and understanding how laser / optical / fibre operates. Vital for every network engineer
IETF – Internet Engineering Task Force
Official IETF Home Page – http://www.ietf.org
IETF Working Groups – https://datatracker.ietf.org
Best site to read IETF RFCs – RFC Reader (http://www.rfcreader.com) because the IETF published RFCs in ASCII text format that is almost unreadable on a web browsers because it pretends to be on Letter-sized paper.
IEEE – Institute of Engineers
The IEEE is a members-only, closed organisation including standards, discussions, meetings etc. Most useful content requires payment to access in addition to specific qualifications
- IEEE-SA -IEEE Get 802 Program – 802.3: Ethernet – Through the IEEE-SA, industry, and government support, select IEEE standards are available for download at no charge. (Wow, how generous of them making 30 year old technology available at no charge)
- Note: if you have access to a University library you can probably get access through their paid subscriptions.
The IEEE 802 ETHERNET Standards Committee maintains an separate set of pages. The Ethernet section is http://www.ieee802.org/3/ but contains little useful information about process and technology that defines the future of Ethernet.
Ethernet Lobby Groups, Factions and Competing Standards Bodies
You can find some useful information at Ethernet Alliance who are a lobbying group that provides “inputs” to the IEE (effectively bypassing to the IEEE process).
Another political lobby group is the Metro Ethernet Forum who has mostly left the IEEE to makeup their own independent standards for using Ethernet in the WAN. Again, all of its documentation and processes are available to members only and hidden from plain sight. They have progressed to inventing their own form of Ethernet called “Carrier Ethernet” because they seem to dislike IP/MPLS.
Because the IEEE and MEF are politically driven and slow to act, another Ethernet lobby group is the Open Cloud Connect (previously Cloud Ethernet Forum) who are attempting to convince the world that Layer 2 Ethernet should replace the IP/MPLS as the default WAN protocol.
The 25G Ethernet Alliance is/was the lobby group for the IEEE and developed the 25GbE/50Gbe/100GbE standards using the 25gigabit lanes. Most of 25/50/100. This website (a media company) library section has collected good information.