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Local Area High Speed Networks by Dr. Sidnie Feit

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Features of Fibre Channel

Fibre channel technology provides a high-speed infrastructure that blends device communication with LAN communication.

It can be used as a new infrastructure for traditional low-level, device-based communications such as the Small Computer System Interface (SCSI), the Intelligent Peripheral Interface (IPI), and the High-Performance Parallel Interface (HIPPI). It also supports the transport of LAN frames carrying high-level protocol data.

Fibre channel's applicability is broad, basically consisting of "things that need to be connected to other things." A single high-speed interface and physical medium can be used to attach a system to a disk controller or a video device, or to carry TCP/IP traffic to a peer application. ...

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