Resolution of comment on temporary initiators

Bill Martin bmartin at
Wed May 24 09:12:24 PDT 2000

* From the T10 Reflector (t10 at, posted by:
* Bill Martin <bmartin at>

The issue is not that the bits cannot both be set.  The issue is that when
both bits are set an initiator that does a PRLI, SHALL NOT reject the
response.  This is not covered in, or in any other place that I
find.  The reaction to both bits being set is not documented anywhere.

Bill Martin
Phone:  (916) 772-3658
Sr. Principal Engineer				email:
bmartin at
Fibre Channel Standards
Gadzoox Networks Inc.

	-----Original Message-----
	From:	Robert Snively [SMTP:rsnively at Brocade.COM]
	Sent:	Thursday, May 11, 2000 11:43 AM
	To:	t10 at; fc at
	Subject:	Resolution of comment on temporary initiators

	* From the fc reflector, posted by:
	* Robert Snively <rsnively at Brocade.COM>
	I have put the following text into the latest revision of the
	response document for FCP-2 (note yet posted).  Any complaints?

	FC-MI multi-initiator resolution (Technical)

	   Section TBD:
		Some devices attempting to participate in a multi-initiator
		if both the initiator and target bits are set.  This is
wrong. Some 
		devices may also reject the presence of any other initiator.

		This needs to be checked in FCP-2. The particular issue is
		or not FCP-2 has been explicit in the requirements for
		multi-initiator operation and temporary initiator operation.

		FCP-2 will discuss it further, and, if any changes are
		to FCP-2 or to FC-MI, a proposal will be presented.

		Section explicitly requires the setting of both 
		bits 4 and 5 to be allowed. This was also true in FCP, 
		clause The devices not meeting this requirement 
		are not compliant with FCP or with FCP-2. 

		The present revision of FC-MI does not address this
		There does not appear to be any test in SANMark that
		verifies this capability or justifies this failure.

		No change is required.

	Bob Snively
	Brocade Communications           Phone  408 487 8135
	1901 Guadalupe Parkway
	San Jose, CA 95131               Email   rsnively at
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