Fibre Channel Standards

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INCITS T11 Technical Committee

The INCITS T11 Technical Committee is the governing body for all Fibre Channel-related standards. Brocade assumes a leadership role in the T11 committee and is an active participant and contributor to the technical work in T11.

  • Steven Wilson: INCITS T11 Technical Committee Chairman

  • Dave Peterson: INCITS T11 Technical Committee International Representative

Brocade leads much of the technical work within T11. Brocade has served as editor for many Fibre Channel Standards which include FC-PI-6, FC-BB-6 (FCoE), FC-SW-6, FC-GS-7, and FC-IFR. Currently Brocade is a major contributor or editor for standards such as FC-NVMe, FC-SW-7, FC-GS-8, FC-PI-7 (64GFC) and FC-PI-8 (128GFC). In addition, Brocade chairs or has chaired many technical work groups within T11.

Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)

The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is a mutual benefit non-profit international organization of manufacturers, system integrators, developers, vendors, industry professionals, and end users. The FCIA is committed to delivering a broad base of Fibre Channel infrastructure technology to support a wide array of applications within the mass storage and IT-based arenas.

  • Steven Wilson: FCIA Board member

  • Scott Kipp: FCIA Roadmap Committee Chairman

  • Scott Kipp: major contributor for many FCIA documents and white papers

In addition to its governance role, Brocade also participates in the marketing and interoperability efforts promoted and sponsored by the FCIA.

Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA)

SNIA is a not-for-profit organization committed to delivering standards, education, and services to advance open storage networking solutions into the marketplace.

  • Steven Wilson: SNIA Technical Council member

Other Industry Activities

Brocade also contributes to many other standards and industry bodies, including T10 (SCSI, SAS), form factor Multi-Sourcing Agreements (MSAs like uQSFP, SFP-DD, QSFP-DD, COBO), the Optical Internetworking Forum (OIF), and the SFF committee.

Current Contributions to T11

*Indicates under development

Acronym Title Key Contributor Editor
FC-NVME Fibre Channel – Non-Volatile Memory Express x x
FC-NVME-2* Fibre Channel - Non-Volatile Memory Express 2 x x
FC-FS-4 Fibre Channel - Framing and Signaling - 4 x  
FC-FS-5* Fibre Channel - Framing and Signaling - 5 x  
FC-PI-6 Fibre Channel - Physical Interfaces - 6 x  
FC-PI-6P Fibre Channel - Physical Interfaces – 6 Parallel x  
FC-PI-7* Fibre Channel - Physical Interfaces - 7 x  
FC-PI-7P* Fibre Channel - Physical Interfaces – 7P x  
FC-PI-8* Fibre Channel - Physical Interfaces - 8 x  
FC-EE Fibre Channel - Energy Efficiency x  
FC-GS-7 Fibre Channel - Generic Services - 7 x  
FC-GS-8* Fibre Channel - Generic Services - 8 x  
FC-SW-6 Fibre Channel - Switch Fabric - 6   x
FC-SW-7* Fibre Channel - Switch Fabric - 7   x
FC-BB-6 Fibre Channel - Backbone - 6   x
FC-LS-3 Fibre Channel - Link Services - 3 x  
FC-LS-4* Fibre Channel - Link Services - 4 x  
FC-SB-6 Single-Byte Command Code Sets - 6 x  
FC-SB-7 Single-Byte Command Code Sets - 7 x  
FC-SP Fibre Channel Security Protocols x  
FC-SP-2 Fibre Channel Security Protocols - 2 x  
SM-HBA-2 Host Bus Adapter Application Programming Interface 2nd Generation x  

Physical Technology Contributions

Brocade has made many contributions to the physical technologies supporting Fibre Channel.

Acronym Title Key Contributor Editor
QSFP+ Quad Small Form-Factor Pluggable   x
XFP 10 Gigabit Small Form-Factor Pluggable x  
10X10 MSA 10 Gbps x 10 Channel MSA x  
SFP-DD* Double Density SFP MSA x  
QSFP-DD* Double Density QSFP MSA x  
CWDM MSA 25 Gbps x 4 Wavelength MSA x  

Historical Contributions to T11

Brocade also has made many contributions throughout the years that have allowed Fibre Channel to become the technology of choice to implement SANs. These contributions include:
  • FSPF Routing
  • Name Server
  • Management Server
  • Zone Server
  • FC over IP
  • Virtual Channels
  • SCSI protocol over FC (FCP)
  • FA-MIB