IP over Fibre Channel (ipfc)

Last Modified: 31-Jul-01


Murali Rajagopal <muralir@lightsand.com>

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Thomas Narten <narten@raleigh.ibm.com>
Erik Nordmark <nordmark@eng.sun.com>

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Erik Nordmark <nordmark@eng.sun.com>

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Description of Working Group:

The importance of running IP and ARP over Fibre Channels has reached a critical point wherein a standardized approach seems to be the only solution. Historically over the past few years, there have been a multitude of attempts and approaches to implementing IP and ARP over Fibre Channel (FC). This has resulted in islands of implementations with no interoperability. Several vendors from the Fibre Channel Association (FCA) have proposed taking this problem to the IETF with the intent of generating one "standard" specification.

This working group will be responsible for standardizing a specification that will allow IP and ARP to ride over various Fibre Channel topologies, which may include point-to-point, Loop, and Fabric.

The specification will include procedures and protocols for the broadcast of ARP packets between Fibre Channel devices and an encapsulation mechanism to carry IP payloads.


1. Specify a Standards Track procedure for broadcasting ARP packets and resolving IP to FC MAC address and FC MAC to FC port address

2. Specify a Standards Track encapsulation for carrying IP over FC.

Goals and Milestones:

May 99 &nbsp&nbsp Submit to IESG the Fabric Element MIB for consideration as a Proposed Standard
Nov 99 &nbsp&nbsp Submit final version of Fibre Channel Management MIB as an Internet-Draft
Mar 00 &nbsp&nbsp Submit Fabric Management MIB to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard


Fibre Channel Management Framework Integration MIB (141481 bytes)

Request For Comments:

IP and ARP over Fibre Channel (RFC 2625) (137741 bytes)
Definitions of Managed Objects for the Fabric Element in Fibre Channel Standard (RFC 2837) (87860 bytes)