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Fibre Channel Over TCP/IP (FCIP) (RFC3821)

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029948D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-20

Publishing Venue

Internet Society Requests For Comment (RFCs)

Related People

M. Rajagopal: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Fibre Channel Over TCP/IP (FCIP) describes mechanisms that allow the interconnection of islands of Fibre Channel storage area networks over IP-based networks to form a unified storage area network in a single Fibre Channel fabric. FCIP relies on IP-based network services to provide the connectivity between the storage area network islands over local area networks, metropolitan area networks, or wide area networks.

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Network Working Group                                       M. Rajagopal

Request for Comments: 3821                                  E. Rodriguez

Category: Standards Track                                       R. Weber

                                                              July 2004

                    Fibre Channel Over TCP/IP (FCIP)

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 (2004).

Abstract

   Fibre Channel Over TCP/IP (FCIP) describes mechanisms that allow the

   interconnection of islands of Fibre Channel storage area networks

   over IP-based networks to form a unified storage area network in a

   single Fibre Channel fabric.  FCIP relies on IP-based network

   services to provide the connectivity between the storage area network

   islands over local area networks, metropolitan area networks, or wide

   area networks.

Table Of Contents

   1.  Purpose, Motivation, and Objectives. . . . . . . . . . . . . .  3

   2.  Relationship to Fibre Channel Standards. . . . . . . . . . . .  4

       2.1.  Relevant Fibre Channel Standards . . . . . . . . . . . .  4

       2.2.  This Specification and Fibre Channel Standards . . . . .  5

   3.  Terminology. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  5

   4.  Protocol Summary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  7

   5.  The FCIP Model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9

       5.1.  FCIP Protocol Model. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .  9

       5.2.  FCIP Link. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10

       5.3.  FC Entity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11

       5.4.  FCIP Entity. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

       5.5.  FCIP Link Endpoint (FCIP_LEP). . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13

       5.6.  FCIP Data Engine (FCIP_DE) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14

             5.6.1.  FCIP Encapsulation of FC Frames. . . . . . . . . 16

             5.6.2.  FCIP Data Engine Error Detection and Recovery. . 19

   6.  Checking FC Frame Transit Times in the IP Network. . . . . . . 22

Rajagopal, et al.           Standards Track                     [Page 1]

RFC 3821                          FCIP                         July 2004

   7.  The FCIP Special Fra...