Fibre Channel Protocols Banner - Seminar Description  
  This is a variation of our standard Fibre Channel courses that focuses on the Fibre Channel protocols. This seminar examines the key Fibre Channel concepts, terminology, and standards associated with information transfer and I/O operations without spending time on the Physical Interface or Data Link functions. This course was created for those who require an understanding of Fibre Channel operations but do not need to understand the details of the physical interface or data encoding.

Course Outline  

Introduction, Concepts and Terminology
Nodes and Node Ports
Fibre Channel names and addresses
Upper-level protocols
Fibre Channel constructs:
 Login Session
Fibre Channel architecture levels
Fibre Channel standards
FC-2: Fibre Channelís Transport Protocol

Transport Protocol concepts
Exchange management
 Exchange multiplexing
 Exchange identification
Sequence management
 Sequence initiative
Frame structure
 Frame header description
 Optional headers
 Frame data field
 Error detection (CRC)
Fibre Channel Services
Basic Link Services
Extended Link Services (ELS)
 Logins and Session management services
 Status retrieval and error reporting
 Remote Arbitrated Loop control
 Security related ELSs
 Miscellaneous link services

Fibre Channel Common Transport protocol (FC-CT)
 FC-CT protocol and operations
 FC-CT Preamble
 FC-CT Extended Preamble
 FC-CT Security features
Name Server commands and functions
 Name Server data model
 Registration commands
 Query commands
 Distributed Name Server (dNS) commands
Management Server
 Configuration Server commands and functions
 Unzoned Name Server commands and functions
 Fabric Zone Server commands and functions
HBA Management Server
Fibre Channel Security Protocols
Integrity Protection
Confidentiality and Encryption
FC-4: Protocol Mappings
SCSI Fibre Channel Protocol
 SCSI-3 mapping concepts
 FCP Information Units
 Command information set
 Transfer ready information set
 Data information set
 Response information set
 FCP command flowchart
 Inquiry command trace
 FCP Error Handling and Recovery

Who Should Attend: This seminar is targeted towards developers, integrators, managers and others with a need for an understanding of the Fibre Channel protocols and operations, but do not need to understand the operation of the physical interface or data link functions (e.g., flow control, classes of service, etc.). The audience might typically include programmers, developers or other responsible for developing or maintaining the software or firmware associated with the various Fibre Channel protocols.
Prerequisites: An understanding of current computer interfaces or networks is desirable, although not absolutely necessary.
Course Length:

3 days