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High speed storage area networks using a fibre channel arbitrated loop interconnect

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2 Author(s)
J. R. Heath ; Univ. of Southern Maine, Portland, ME, USA ; P. J. Yakutis

Fibre channel arbitrated loops offer a new approach to realizing high-speed storage interconnection networks. We describe an FC-AL topology and FC-AL protocols for storage networks. In particular, we describe channel arbitration, signaling and transmission protocols, and the fibre channel mapping protocol for SCSI. A simulation model of FC-AL storage networks is described. Performance results derived from the model are presented and are used to investigate the FC-AL storage network performance

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IEEE Network  (Volume:14 ,  Issue: 2 )