This part of ISO/IEC 14165 is intended to document interoperability behavior for Fabric elements (i.e., E_Port, F_Port, FL_Port). This Technical Report includes a wide range of issues such as link initialization, error detection, error recovery, Fabric operation, management capabilities, and zoning.
This Technical Report serves as an implementation guide, whose primary objective is to maximize the likelihood of interoperability between conforming implementations. This Technical Report prohibits or requires some features that are in the referenced documents.
A second objective of this Technical Report is to simplify implementations and their associated documentation, testing, and support requirements. As a result there may be some optional features of the referenced documents that are not mutually exclusive, but are prohibited or required for the purpose of this simplification. Features that some but not all of the referenced documents require for compliance may be optional in this report. Each specification of such an optional feature in this report identifies the referenced document for which the feature is required.
Internal characteristics of conformant implementations are not defined by this Technical Report, but it incorporates features from the documents cited in clause 2.