By: Ken Bisson, 2007
Fibre Channel is being implemented as an avionics communication architecture for a variety of new military aircraft and upgrades to existing aircraft. The Fibre Channel T11 standard defines various network topologies and multiple data protocols. (Refer to the T11 website at www.t11.org.)
Some of the topologies and protocols (ASM, 1553, RDMA) are suited for avionics applications, where the movement of data between devices must take place in a deterministic fashion and needs to be delivered very reliably. This paper also discusses a practical implementation of avionics-level testing and testing challenges associated with these applications.