2.3.4 IP Over Fibre Channel (ipfc)

NOTE: This charter is a snapshot of the 45th IETF Meeting in Oslo, Norway. It may now be out-of-date. Last Modified: 27-May-99


Murali Rajagopal <murali@gadzoox.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


Submit to IESG the Fabric Element MIB for consideration as a Proposed Standard

Aug 99


Start email discussion on IP and ARP Over Fibre Channel as a Draft Standard

Nov 99


Submit final version of Fibre Channel Management MIB as an Internet-Draft

Dec 99


WG Last Call on IP Over Fibre Channel for Draft Standard

Mar 00


Submit Fabric Management MIB to IESG for consideration as a Proposed Standard

Mar 00


Submit IP and ARP Over Fibre Channel to IESG for consideration as a Draft Standard


No Request For Comments

Current Meeting Report

IPFC WG met for one hour. There were 26 people in the room.
Following is a summary of the meeting.

1. Document Status:

IP and ARP Over Fibre Channel draft
- Now a Proposed Standard: RFC 2625

A Framework for Fibre Channel MIBs <draft-ietf-ipfc-mib-framework-00.txt>
- Document had formatting problems and did not meet the submission deadlines. Document is on the IETF Web Site

Fibre Channel Management Framework Integration MIB <draft-blumenau-fcmgmt-int-mib-01.txt>
- Document file name will be changed to reflect its association with the IPFC WG at the next submission

Definitions of Managed Objects for the Fabric Element in Fabric Channel Standard <draft-ietf-ipfc-fabric-element-mib-0.5.txt>

2. Status of Definitions of Managed Objects for the Fabric

Element in Fabric Channel Standard <draft-ietf-ipfc-fabric-element-mib-0.5.txt> by Ezio Valdevit from Brocade Communications
- The 0.5.txt document is going through minor changes.
- Kha Sin Teow will post a 0.6 txt for public review before it goes into RFC publications
- 06.txt Document is expected to be out very shortly.

<< File: ietf0799-2.ppt >>

3. Status of Fibre Channel Management Framework Integration MIB <draft-blumenau-fcmgmt-int-mib-01.txt> by David Black from EMC Copr.
- David gave a tutorial presentation of the MIB architecture that was already presented in previous IETF meetings by Steve Blumenau. Attachment is the material presented by David Black. Document is on target and expected to be complete by year end.

<< File: ipfc990708.pps >>

4. New Business
- DRAFT STD: Since there are at least 3 implementations of this standard, the WG was going to address the DRAFT STD as planned in the WG Charter. The target date in the charter for this is Mar 2000. There was no objection to taking this work item
- IPv6: There was no general interest for adopting IPv6 Over Fibre Channel work. Previously on the WG mail list IBM had expressed interest in championing this work. However, there was no objection to starting this work.


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