FC-AL


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FC-AL

FC-AL

(Fibre Channel-Arbitrated Loop) See Fibre Channel.
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Within the FC-AL protocol, a fair arbitration mechanism is used allowing devices to gain control of the shared bandwidth.
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Scalability in terms of capacity management and capacity balancing is an area of significant differentiation between FC-AL and SCSI.
The HDMP-0540, from Agilent's Semiconductor Products Group, takes FC-AL connections from the host and connects them through a crossbar switching core to connect multiple storage devices to multiple initiators or hosts.
The JBODs and controllers are connected to an external FC-AL hub or are daisy-chained using a three-port hub built into each JBOD and controller.
Both FCOs feature support for FC-AL and Switch Fabric topologies at either 1 or 2 Gb/second (auto-negotiating) transfer rate per Fibre Channel port.
The new DES FC-AL product will further augment storage performance throughput and greatly reduce processing times by taking full advantage of FC-AL's faster transfer of data to and from the server.
This approach challenges the common misconception that the FC-AL protocol is limited for use only in a shared bandwidth "loop" topology or that Fabric protocol is required for a switched topology.
In addition, Sun is the only hardware vendor to bring two hot-swappable internal FC-AL (fibrechannel) disk drives to entry-level servers.
50, new values have been added to the Magnitude MIB to support node and port worldwide names for FC-AL cards.
Fibre Channel has become the industry standard interconnect with addresses for 127 devices on a single FC-AL loop and sixteen million on a fabric with cascaded switches.
Together, the Gigabit Ethernet and the FC-AL provide the performance, bandwidth and high-dependability connections crucial in today's demanding network infrastructure.