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The new Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols provide important mechanisms for enabling priority and managing bandwidth allocations between different types of traffic. However, given their complexity, it can be difficult to discern from standard network operations whether these mechanisms have been implemented robustly or not. This paper will explore key areas of these protocols which require verification and show developers how to test that network equipment performs as expected. The new Data Center Bridging (DCB) protocols currently being developed to carry Fibre Channel, TCP/IP, and IPC traffic over a single, converged 10 Gigabit Ethernet network.
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