Performance Evaluation of Two High-Performance Local Area Network: Fibre Channel vs. ATM
- James A. MacDonald
Fibre Channel is the general name of an integrated set of standards being developed by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). It is designed to significantly improve the speed at which data is transfer between computer systems (i.e workstation, mainframe) and I/O peripherals (i.e storage devices and displays), while providing one standard for networking, storage, and data transmission. In general, Fibre Channel provides inexpensive means of rapidly transferring large volume of information. The high bandwidth, reliability, flexible topologies, and connectivity offered by Fibre Channel have attracted many users in considering this high-speed network technology for their applications. This paper attempts to evaluate the performance of Fibre channel on a cluster of workstations.