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Simulation of fibre channel storage area network using SANSim

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Fibre channel (FC) is presently the dominant protocol used in storage area network (SAN). In this paper, we present a new simulation tool - SANSim, for modeling and analyzing FC storage network. I/O performance of a FC RAM disk has been tested and compared with simulation results achieved from the SANSim model. The simulated results match the experimental readings within 3% error range. The FC arbitration schedules used in the current high-end storage system were also simulated and analyzed using SANSim. The results show that a new algorithm, "command first", proposed in this paper has 50% performance improvement compared with the conventional "fairness access" algorithm in read operation.

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Networks, 2003. ICON2003. The 11th IEEE International Conference on

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28 Sept.-1 Oct. 2003

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