In-Depth Exploration of Fibre Channel  

This three day seminar provides a mid-level introduction to what is rapidly emerging as the next generation of high-performance computer system I/O interface. Featuring gigabit data rates, distance capabilities of kilometers, and ability to interconnect thousands of devices, Fibre Channel is currently being deployed in disk arrays, servers, peripherals and other high-performance applications.

Course Outline

Introduction, Concepts & Terminology
The need for a new interface
 Performance trends
 Storage trends
 Parallel I/O limitations
Serial interface alternatives
Technology assumptions
Key Fibre Channel objectives
I/O and Network convergence
FC-0: Physical Interface
Physical interface concepts
 Link rates & distances
 Optical or electrical?
Optical interfaces
 Optical data transmission
 Single-mode optical fiber
 Multi-mode optical fiber
Electrical interfaces
 Electrical characteristics
Fibre Channel connectors
FC-1: Data Link Control
8B/10B encoding/decoding
 Special characters
Ordered sets
 Frame delimiters
 Primitive signals
 Primitive sequences
Link Level Protocols
FC-2: Transport Protocol
Transport protocol concepts
Exchange management
 Exchange multiplexing
Sequence management
 Sequence initiative
Frame structure
 Frame header description
 Optional headers
 Frame data field
 Error detection (CRC)
Link Control frames
 Acknowledge (ACK)
 Busy (BSY)
 Reject (RCT)
Flow control
 Link level (buffer-to-buffer)
 Source to destination (end-to-end)
Classes of service
 Class 1: Dedicated connection
 Class 2: Connectionless
 Class 3: Datagram
 Class 4: Virtual circuits

FC-3 Fibre Channel Services
Common services
Basic link services
Extended link services
 Session management
 Login services
 World-wide names
 Service parameters
 Port login trace example
The Name Server
FC-4: Protocol Mappings
Protocol mapping concepts
 Information sets
 Protocol Information Units
SCSI-3 architectural model
 SCSI protocol data objects
 SCSI protocol functions
SCSI Fibre Channel Protocol
 SCSI-3 mapping concepts
 Command information set
 Transfer ready information set
 Data information set
 Response information set
 FCP Information Units
 FCP command flowchart
 Inquiry command trace
 Write command trace
Topology Overview
Topology concepts
 Common characteristics
 Topology comparison
Arbitrated Loop (FC-AL)
 FC-AL characteristics
 Loop initialization
 Opening & Closing loop circuits
 Is the loop fault tolerant?
Switched Fabric
 Fabric functions
 Frame routing techniques
 Fault tolerant fabrics
 Addressing methods
Who Should Attend: This seminar is targeted towards developers, integrators, managers and others with a need for a comprehensive, in-depth understanding of the Fibre Channel technology.
Prerequisites: An understanding of current computer interfaces or networks is desirable, although not absolutely necessary.
Course Length:

3 days