Chapter 3. I/O Techniques

  1. Ulf Troppens Computer Science1,
  2. Wolfgang Müller-Friedt Computer Science software architect1,
  3. Rainer Wolafka Electrical Engineering, Software Engineering1,
  4. Rainer Erkens Mathematics technical support manager2 and
  5. Nils Haustein Electrical Engineering2

Published Online: 15 JUN 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9780470746776.ch3

Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI, InfiniBand and FCoE, Second Edition

Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI, InfiniBand and FCoE, Second Edition

How to Cite

Troppens, U., Müller-Friedt, W., Wolafka, R., Erkens, R. and Haustein, N. (2009) I/O Techniques, in Storage Networks Explained: Basics and Application of Fibre Channel SAN, NAS, iSCSI, InfiniBand and FCoE, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Chichester, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470746776.ch3

Author Information

  1. 1

    IBM Storage Software Development, Mainz, Germany

  2. 2

    IBM Advanced Technical Sales Europe, Mainz, Germany

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 JUN 2009
  2. Published Print: 31 JUL 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9780470741436

Online ISBN: 9780470746776

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Keywords:

  • I/O techniques;
  • physical I/O path from CPU to storage system - system bus, host I/O bus and I/O bus;
  • bridge communication chips and connection between system bus and host I/O bus;
  • fibre channel protocol stack;
  • ‘Fibre Channel SAN’ or ‘iSCSI SAN’;
  • Fibre Channel standard - fabric, arbitrated loop and point-to-point topologies;
  • three plug types for fiber-optic cable;
  • Fibre Channel frame format;
  • Fibre Channel SAN

Summary

This chapter contains sections titled:

  • The Physical I/O Path from the CPU to the Storage System

  • SCSI

  • The Fibre Channel Protocol Stack

  • Fibre Channel SAN

  • IP Storage

  • Infiniband-based Storage Networks

  • Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE)

  • Summary