Contributions to OpenFCOE

Fiber Channel over Ethernet (FCoE).

Our Team: Pranoti Kale, Ashwin Tumma, Harshada Kshirsagar, Pooja Ramrakhyani, Tejashri Vinode.

This page contains our contributions to OpenFCoE. Initially we present the various white-papers that we have published in various National and International Conferences, we then provide a brief overview of our current activities and then we describe and elaborate upon the tool that we have developed for graphical setup of Initiator and target modules of Open-FCoE.


Publications:


This section contains the white papers that we have published at various National and International Conferences.

Publication 1: Fibre Channel over Ethernet: A Beginners Perspective

Status: Under Review in International Conference on Advances in Computing and Communications 2011, Kochi, Kerala, India.


Publication 2: Fibre Channel over Ethernet: A Head Start Reference

Status: Published and presented at the International Conference on Emerging Trends in Cloud Computing 2011, Kollam, Kerala, India.

Paper presented by: Pranati Kale, Harshada Kshirsagar, Ashwin Tumma

Download the paper here: Fibre_Channel_over_Ethernet_A_Head_Start_Reference.pdf


Publication 3: A Graphical Setup Tool for Establishing Environment of Fiber Channel over Ethernet

Status: Under Review in International Conference on Computer and Communication Technology 2011, Allahabad, India.


Our Current Activities:

We are currently working on a graphical setup tool to install the initiator and target modules of Open-FCoE. When we started our work in this exuberant domain, we faced loads of challenges in installing the modules of Open-FCoE. Many a times, it happens that the installation procedure being an esoteric one, most of the benign developers are taken away from contributing to FCoE. In order to shun this thought, we have developed a graphical user interface tool for the setup of the various modules of Open-FCoE.



About Fibre Channel over Ethernet:

Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is a proposed mapping of Fibre Channel frames over existing Ethernet. The specification is supported by a large number of network and storage vendors, including, Broadcom, Brocade, Cisco, EMC, Emulex, Finisar, HP, IBM, Intel, Hitachi Data Systems, Sierra, Qlogic and Sun Microsystems. FCoE is the transport of Fibre Channel “packets” over Ethernet. The Ethernet becomes the Fibre Channel physical interface. Ethernet NIC cards are the HBAs and the driver makes the NIC look like a traditional FC HBA. Ethernet switches make up the “Fabric”. Fibre Channel then becomes a transport protocol. There are no Fibre Channel frames (only Ethernet frames). The Fibre Channel frame content (“packets”) is delivered in the Ethernet frames and no Fibre Channel HBAs or switches are required.
FCoE maps Fibre Channel natively over Ethernet while being independent of the Ethernet forwarding scheme. The FCoE protocol specification replaces the FC0 and FC1 layers of the Fibre Channel stack with Ethernet. By retaining the native Fibre Channel constructs, FCoE allows a seamless integration with existing Fibre Channel networks and management software.
Today, each application class has its own interface like for Networking: Ethernet, Storage: Fibre Channel. These result in different networks and different sets of hardware and cables. Also different tools and skill sets are required. Fewer adapters and cables are especially important in the data center or blade servers. Many data centers use Ethernet for TCP/IP networks and Fibre Channel for storage area networks (SANs). With FCoE, Fibre Channel becomes another network protocol running on Ethernet, alongside traditional  Internet Protocol (IP) traffic.
Thus,

1.FCoE simplifies customer environments by using Ethernet and allowing the industry to avoid creating another, separate protocol for I/O consolidation.
2.FCoE enables the consolidation of both SANs and Ethernet traffic onto a one common network adapter, reducing the ever growing number of adapters required.
Fibre Channel over Ethernet will allow companies’ data centers to optimize increases in server virtualization for the next several years. FCoE enables I/O consolidation and offers these enhancements to the data-center like fewer Network Interface Cards per server, reduction in server power budget and reduced cooling requirements, significant reduction in the amount of cables to manage, seamless connectivity with existing Storage Area Networks and Ethernet Networks and customers can continue to leverage their existing FC tools, security model and infrastructure.

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