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Probably no other aspect of Fibre Channel has generated so much interest, controversy, and discussion as has the Arbitrated Loop. What is it? How does it work? Where will it be used? What can we expect in the way of performance? These are the questions potential users are asking -- but where do you go for the answers? If you've ever tried reading the various standards documents, you've probably found that they're frequently more confusing than helpful. Sure, standards tell you what you can and can't do, but what about understanding the hows and whys behind the standard?
This two-day seminar will familiarize you with Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop as it is described in the standard and then take you beyond the standard to help you understand not only what Arbitrated Loop is, but how it works and why specific decisions were made. You'll go through detailed scenarios so you understand how Initialization, Arbitration, Fairness, and Error handling work. You'll look at typical command processing in order to understand each of the steps involved. You'll look at detailed trace-level information showing you exactly what is happening on the interface during each of the key operations. You'll use the trace-level information to model the performance of different loop configurations. When you get back to work, you'll even find yourself taking the reference manual with you to the lab to help solve that tough problem.

Course Outline (click for details)

  • What is Arbitrated Loop?
  • Arbitrated Loop Concepts
  • Loop Initialization
  • Loop Operations
  • Loop Errors
  • Arbitrated Loop Hubs
  • Loop Robustness & Hot Swapping
  • Assessing Loop Performance
  • Private Loop Direct Attach
Who Should Attend
This seminar is designed for those who require an in-depth knowledge of the Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop. The intended audience includes product architects, hardware, firmware, software, and test engineers, as well as product planners, managers, or others involved in the planning, implementation, analysis, or testing of Fibre Channel Arbitrated Loop products.
Prerequisites: Attendees should have a working knowledge of Fibre Channel or have previously taken the "Comprehensive Introduction to Fibre Channel" seminar.
Course Length: 1 days Download course description (printable version)