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 Canadian Advisory Committee (CAC) 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 International Standard was reviewed by the CSA TCIT under the jurisdiction of the Strategic Steering Committee on Information Technology and deemed acceptable for use in Canada. (A committee membership list is available on request from the CSA Project Manager.) From time to time, ISO/IEC may publish addenda, corrigenda, etc. The CSA TCIT will review these documents for approval and publication. For a listing, refer to the CSA Information Products catalogue or CSA Info Update or contact a CSA Sales representative. This Standard has been formally approved, without modification, by the Technical Committee and has been approved as a National Standard of Canada by the Standards Council of Canada.
This part of ISO/IEC 14165 describes generic requirements for a communications transport medium called the Fabric, an entity that provides switched interconnect between pairs of user attachment points. Fabrics may be implemented using one or more topologies and this document describes requirements that are generic across all topologies.
A companion document, ISO/IEC 14165-111, Fibre Channel - Physical and Signaling Interface (FC-PH), describes the physical interface, transmission protocol, and signaling protocol of high-performance serial links which attach user nodes to the Fabric. The Fabric serves to extend these serial links between pairs of attachment points. ISO/IEC 14165-111, FC-PH also describes features and behaviors of the Fabric required by user nodes.