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Local Area High Speed Networks by Dr. Sidnie Feit

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Summary Points

  • Fibre channel provides a common infrastructure that can be used to network computers and peripherals together.

  • Fibre channel supports protocol data carried in LLC/SNAP frames, SCSI, IPI, and HIPPI, among others.

  • Defined speeds range from 12.5MBps to 400MBps.

  • Fibre channel can connect one pair of systems across a point-to-point link, a set of systems joined in a loop, or a large switched network (which is called a Fabric).

  • Every port has a built-in world wide port name. For example, many ports are assigned IEEE identifiers or IEEE field replaceable hardware unit numbers.

  • FC-0 defines cables, connectors, and the signals sent on the medium.

  • FC-1 defines the 8B/10B encoding used to translate data bytes into 10-bit code-groups.

  • FC-2 is the ...

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