FCoE (Fibre Channel over Ethernet)


Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) is a mapping of Fibre Channel over selected full duplex IEEE 802.3 networks. The goal is to provide I/O consolidation over Ethernet, reducing network complexity in the Datacenter. The FCoE standardization activity started in April 2007 inside the FC-BB-5 working group of T11. On June 3rd, 2009, the FC-BB-5 working group of T11 completed the development of the draft standard and unanimously approved it as the final standard. The following day the plenary session of T11 approved forwarding the FC-BB-5 standard to INCITS for publication as an ANSI standard.

FC-BB-5 standard

Presentations at T11 - FC-BB-6 Working Group
Please note that the technical contribution listed below have not been approved in FC-BB-6, unless explicitly stated. The material listed below is just being brainstormed in an initial phase of the project that will not produce a standard before April 2012.

December 2011, St Petersburg, FL

October 2011, Albuquerque, NM

August 2011, Edmonton, AB

June 2011, Coeur d'Alene, ID

April 2011, Philadelphia, PA

February 2011, Charleston, SC

December 2010, Amelia Island, FL

October 2010, Seattle, WA

August 2010, Chicago, IL

June 2010, Minneapolis, MN

March 2010, Pasadena, CA

February 2010, San Antonio, TX

December 2009, New Orleans, LA

October 2009, Sacramento, CA

August 2009, Sault Lake City, UT

June 2009, Coeur d'Alene, ID

The material used during the development of FC-BB-5 is now obsolete, but it is still accessible here.

New Articles




I/O Consolidation in the Data Center

By Silvano Gai, Claudio DeSanti.
Published by Cisco Press.

This book is updated to the FCoE standard

UCS Book

Cisco Unified Computing System (UCS) (Data Center): A Complete Reference Guide to the Cisco Data Center Virtualization Server Architecture

By Silvano Gai, Tommi Salli, and Roger Andersson.
Published by Cisco Press.

Testing Reports




Open Source FCoE

Thre FCoE software stack is open sourced. The web site for this is:www.Open-FCoE.org The announcement is: http://lkml.org/lkml/2007/11/27/227


See http://www.opensolaris.org/os/project/fcoe/

Xgig TraceViewer for FCoE

Xgig TraceViewer is the free software provided by Finisar Corp. for protocol analysis such as FCoE, Fibre Channel, Ethernet and SAS/SATA. You can download the software at http://www.finisar.com/xgig/

Wireshark for FCoE

WireShark (http://wireshark.org/) is the most used public domain protocol analyzer. The WireShark dissector for FCoE now complies with the converged frame format. You can download the standard build at http://www.wireshark.org/. See AlsoFCoE: Wireshark.