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CATC system monitors Fiber Channel links at different speeds

Posted: 11 May 2004 ?? ?Print Version ?Bookmark and Share

Keywords:computer access technology? catc? analysis system? fctracer 4g?

Computer Access Technology Corp. (CATC), a communications protocol company, has developed a 4Gbps Fiber Channel expert analysis system that provides a test platform that combines advanced display, analysis, capture and reporting tools with the interoperability to capture traffic at 1-, 2- and 4Gbps signaling speed.

Designed for the company's Universal Protocol Analyzer System (UPAS 10000), the FCTracer 4G is a plug-in module with 2 or 4 non-intrusive recording channels, and can independently monitor and analyze multiple Fiber Channel links operating at different speeds simultaneously.

The device features CATC's Trace, which gives users the ability to logically group events in a hierarchical display. The analyzer also incorporates the company's Link Tracker time synchronized display. This chronological view of DWORD traffic moving upstream and downstream across each link provides precise timing context for analyzing FC-2 state transitions. According to CATC, the combination of these two methods of viewing and analyzing bus traffic creates a uniquely powerful approach to facilitating product time to market for Fiber Channel developers.

"The Fiber Channel industry will soon begin sampling 4Gbps silicon," said James Wright, Director of Storage and Networking Products at CATC. "The FCTracer 4G provides the advanced functionality that developers need to accelerate the design and debug of mixed 2Gbps and 4Gbps Fiber Channel SAN segments."

The FCTracer's "spool-to-disk" mode enables long-term recording for the capture of traffic over hours or days at a time. It has been enhanced to track intermittent problems in the network with the ability to search, report, and generate timing calculations between spooled segments. It can also identify a simple event or a complex sequence of transactions using two parallel trigger event sequencers, with up to 256 states each. Additionally, filter criteria may be established independently or integrated into the triggering system.

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