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Fibre Channel for Mass Storage by Ralph H. Thornburgh

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6.1. Future Enhancements

Fibre Channel is evolving rapidly and new elements are constantly being defined. These new elements will produce a more powerful architecture to support mass storage.

Most of the work thus far in defining the Fibre Channel standards has been in the Fibre Channel physical standard (FC-PH). Although there will be more work done in this area, the larger amount of work in defining standards will be done in the FC-3 and FC-4 levels.

6.1.1. What Lies Ahead

6.1.1.1. Faster Fiber Rates.

The faster Fibre Channel rates of 2-plus Gbps and 4-plus Gbps are still theoretical. When implemented, however, they could greatly increase throughput. Since Hewlett-Packard supports Fibre Channel as part of it’s future technology, it is continuing ...

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