[T10] Question: when to close an STP connection for a STP target?

Gerry Houlder gerry.houlder at seagate.com
Wed Jan 20 12:29:31 PST 2016

The behavior you describe makes sense to me.

Remember that the expander device probably has a small number of connection
to an initiator and a larger number of connections to devices. Further, the
devices could be a mix of SATA devices and SAS devices. When a SATA device
isn't actively accepting or sending commands or data then it sends
SATA_SYNC. This is like being idle on the bus. At this point, the expander
can disconnect from the initiator as well and prepare to service a new
connection between that same initiator and a different device (maybe a SAS
device that will use SSP protocol rather than STP protocol).

On Wed, Jan 20, 2016 at 2:30 AM, Guojian (F) <guojian111 at hisilicon.com>

> Hi,
>    We can see an example of STP target closing an connection. But I didn’t
> find any description about the condition of STP target closing an
> connection. So I want to know when to close an STP connection if the target
> opened it.
>    Most of the expander I have seen won’t close the connection after it
> sent all the frame even through the target opened it. And the connection
> will be closed by initiator when its max connection timer or max bus
> inactive timer expired.
>    Is this kind of target behavior reasonable?
> The example:
> Thankyou!
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