The IEEE has found that 11 of Cisco Systems 12 packsts were inflated significantly below the IEEE 802.3 standard, IEEE sources told Global Config.
The investigation found the packets were inflated 32 bytes below what’s required by the IEEE standard in Cisco’s recent 1.92 Bpps victory over Aristas 120Mpps.
Standard Packets Are Square 
“We are not commenting at this time,” said John Smith, the Cisco’s senior vice president of non-communications.
Under IETF rules, no alteration of the packets is allowed once they are approved by spirent and used in Marketing literature.
Underinflated Packets Are bendable
Trey Vinchenzo, the IEEE senior executive vice president of packet operations, told The Associated Press late Tuesday in response to this report that the “investigation is currently underway, and we’re still awaiting findings.” He told “Pro Packet Talk with Marty Fanchismo on NBC Data Networking Radio” earlier Tuesday that the IEEE expected to wrap up its investigation in “two or three days.”
Part of the investigation that needs further vetting is how the 11 packets became underinflated.
Deflating a packet can change the way it’s handled by the hardware queues or the way it travels through the wire. Under IEEE rules, each company provides packets for each marketing document.
As you can seen in the image, square packets are not as efficient as they traverse bent network cables, thus causing latency. This causes an extreme advantage to the underinflated packets that bend with the curve of the cable.
The packets are inspected before the testing by the officiating crew, then handled during the testing by switches with blinky lights and wires strewn about a rack.
Hall of Fame packet queuer Teren Bryson voiced his opinion on Twitter, saying that all but one packet being underinflated was too much of a coincidence.
Other Packet wrangles such as Tony Mattke took to twitter to voice their opinions..
And if you haven’t figured it out by now, this article is an absolute joke, largely influenced by the ESPN article 11 of 12 Pats footballs underinflated. I had nothing better to do this morning I guess. And thanks to Teren and Tony for helping me out!
Hope you enjoyed!
- These numbers mean nothing at all and Arista was just one of many networking vendors I could have sub’d in here. Sorry Arista. ↩
- All packets are in-fact, square, according to all documentation ↩
- This is a fake person. Duh! ↩
- Spirent had nothing to do with this but I needed a referee. I love Spirent! ↩
- This is also a made-up person. Seriously, you had to ask? ↩