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Fibre Channel (FC) Frame Encapsulation (RFC3643)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020687D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Dec-10
Document File: 21 page(s) / 40K

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

R. Weber: AUTHOR [+6]

Abstract

This document describes the common Fibre Channel (FC) frame encapsulation format and a procedure for the measurement and calculation of frame transit time through the IP network. This specification is intended for use by any IETF protocol that encapsulates FC frames.

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Network Working Group R. Weber

Request for Comments: 3643 Brocade

Category: Standards Track M. Rajagopal

Broadcom Corporation

F. Travostino

Nortel Networks

M. O'Donnell

McDATA

C. Monia

Nishan Systems

M. Merhar

Sun Microsystems

December 2003

Fibre Channel (FC) Frame Encapsulation

Status of this Memo

This document specifies an Internet standards track protocol for the

Internet community, and requests discussion and suggestions for

improvements. Please refer to the current edition of the "Internet

Official Protocol Standards" (STD 1) for the standardization state

and status of this protocol. Distribution of this memo is unlimited.

Copyright Notice

Copyright (C) The Internet Society (2003). All Rights Reserved.

Abstract

This document describes the common Fibre Channel (FC) frame

encapsulation format and a procedure for the measurement and

calculation of frame transit time through the IP network. This

specification is intended for use by any IETF protocol that

encapsulates FC frames.

Weber, et al. Standards Track [Page 1]

RFC 3643 FC Frame Encapsulation December 2003

Table Of Contents

1. Scope. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2

2. Encapsulation Concepts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3

3. The FC Encapsulation Header. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

3.1. FC Encapsulation Header Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

3.2. FC Encapsulation Header Validation . . . . . . . . . . . 7

3.2.1. Redundancy Based FC Encapsulation

Header Validation. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7

3.2.2. CRC Based FC Encapsulation Header Validation . . 7

4. Measuring Fibre Channel Frame Transit Time . . . . . . . . . . 8

5. The FC Frame . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

5.1. FC Frame Content . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

5.2. Bit and Byte Ordering. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

5.3. FC SOF and EOF . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

6. Security Considerations. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

7. References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

7.1. Normative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

7.2. Informative References . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

8. Acknowledgements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

Appendix

A Fibre Channel Bit and Byte Numbering Guidance . . . . . . . . . 15

B Encapsulating Protocol Requirements . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15

C IANA Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16

D Intellectual Property Rights Statement. . . . . . . . . . . . . 17

Authors' Addresses . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18

Full Copyright Statement . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20

1. Scope

This document describes common mechanisms for the transport of Fibre

Channel frames over an IP network, including the encapsulation format

and a mechanism for enforcing the Fibre Channel frame lifetime

limits.

Warning to Readers Familiar With Fibre Channel: Both Fibre Channel

and IETF standards use the same byte ...