Data Center Bridging Plugfest

IEEE Plugfest PoE Certification Technology Tradeshow Webinar

The plugfest was held May 4-8 at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab (UNH-IOL) and focused on interoperability testing of draft standards being developed by the IEEE 802.1 DCB task force. Testing was completed in two phases. In the first phase, participants completed individual tests of specific DCB features such as Priority?based Flow Control (IEEE P802.1Qbb), Enhanced Transmission Selection (IEEE P802.1Qaz), and DCB Capability Exchange Protocol (IEEE P802.1Qaz). The second testing phase included building a large DCB?based network and exercising higher layer protocols such as Fibre Channel over Ethernet and iSCSI. The plugfest results were impressive considering that this was the first time multiple vendors had participated in testing products based upon the IEEE 802.1 DCB draft standards. Participants were able to demonstrate effectively the interoperability of their products and participate in a lossless Ethernet fabric simultaneously on the same network. These plugfests help to review the IEEE 802.1 DCB draft standards and to create interoperable products.

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