Token ring may yet be able to keep pace with its newer competitors following successful tests of the networking technology running at 100Mbps and faster.
In a test at the University of New Hampshire, token ring based local area networking hardware ran at over 100Mbps, opening the way for approval from the IEEE technical specifications committee for a standard on which to base new products.
The tests were done under the auspices of the High Speed Token Ring Alliance, a group of companies wanting to develop a scalable upgrade path for existing token ring customers all the way up to 1Gbps.
"The testing helps to ensure both the accuracy and completeness of the standard, and the interoperability of multiple vendor offerings built to that standard, said Robert Love, chairman of the IEEE committee adjudicating this particular standard.
The HSTRA was formed a year ago and its members are 3Com, Bay Networks, IBM, Madge Networks, Olicom, Xylan. Cisco dropped out of the group earlier this year to promote its own strategy.
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