Standards development within the Information Technology sector is harmonized with international standards development. Through the CSA Technical Committee on Information Technology (TCIT), Canadians serve as the SCC Mirror Committee (SMC) on ISO/IEC Joint Technical Committee 1 on Information Technology (ISO/IEC JTC1) for the Standards Council of Canada (SCC), the ISO member body for Canada and sponsor of the Canadian National Committee of the IEC. Also, as a member of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), Canada participates in the International Telegraph and Telephone Consultative Committee (ITU-T).
This standard defines the protocol layer of the Serial Attached SCSI (SAS) interconnect and three transport protocols that use the SAS interconnect:
a) Serial SCSI Protocol (SSP): a mapping of SCSI supporting multiple initiators and targets;
b) Serial ATA Tunneled Protocol (STP): a mapping of Serial ATA expanded to support multiple initiators and targets; and
c) Serial Management Protocol (SMP): a management protocol.