Re: [storm] Plan for iSCSI work

Mallikarjun Chadalapaka <> Sat, 28 May 2011 00:30 UTC

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Subject: Re: [storm] Plan for iSCSI work
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Hi Hemal,

The text in this draft came verbatim from section 4.1.3 of RFC 5048.  There
have been no changes in this area.

The new text (as well as the old text) requires the TaskReporting key to be
negotiated to "FastAbort" before the multi-task abort semantics can be used
on an iSCSI session.



  -----Original Message-----
  From: Hemal Shah []
  Sent: Friday, May 27, 2011 4:51 PM
  To: Mallikarjun Chadalapaka;;
  Subject: RE: [storm] Plan for iSCSI work
  Mallikarjun and David,
  I noticed one problematic item in the consolidated draft. This item is the
  requirement to support FastAbort. This feature was already defined in the
  implementation guide, but it was optional. In this draft, it became a
  required feature MUST - see in section
  Do you know why the requirement was changed in the consolidated draft?
  I would like to keep the requirement optional as stated in the
  implementation guide and not break backward compatibility.
  -----Original Message-----
  From: [] On Behalf
  Of Mallikarjun Chadalapaka
  Sent: Thursday, May 26, 2011 6:50 PM
  Subject: Re: [storm] Plan for iSCSI work
  Hi David,
  The list of changes you have called out are already done in the latest
draft.  I
  assume then that you are suggesting that the list itself should be
  in the next revision of the draft.
  Here's what I recall we have done so far:
  1)  iSCSIProtocolLevel specified as "1", and added a related normative
  reference to iSCSI-SAM draft
  2)  Markers and related keys were removed
  3)  SPKM authentication and related keys were removed
  4)  Added a new section on responding to obsoleted keys
  5)  Have explicitly allowed initiator+target implementations throughout
  6)  Clarified that implementations SHOULD NOT rely on SLP-based discovery
  7)  Added UML diagrams, and related conventions
  The above is of course in addition to consolidating the different RFCs,
  making the related editorial changes.
    -----Original Message-----
    From: [] On Behalf
    Sent: Friday, May 20, 2011 2:49 PM
    Subject: [storm] Plan for iSCSI work
    I thought I'd offer some advance planning/warning on this, as the
    consolidated iSCSI draft (draft-ietf-storm-iscsi-cons) is large (over
    pages).  The current plan is to run a simultaneous WG Last Call on both
    draft and the new features draft (draft-ietf-storm-iscsi-sam) starting
    June (probably the week of June 13, after I get back from a badly needed
    vacation).  That WG Last Call will run longer than the typical 2-week
    period, due to the total size of the drafts, but will end by July 5th at
    latest so that the status of the drafts and the next steps are known
    the T10 (SCSI standards) meetings during the week of July 11.  As July
    is also the draft cutoff deadline for the Quebec City IETF meetings,
    draft versions may not show up until that meeting week (week of July
    This is also a good point to announce that the storm WG will meet in
    Quebec City.
    I've only requested a 1-hour session, as we get most of our work done on
    the mailing list.  Among the items for that meeting will be figuring out
    to do with the RDMA extensions draft (despite its name,
    rdmap-ext-00, it's not currently an official work item for the storm
    One thing that's missing from the consolidated iSCSI draft (and is a
    why we're going to need a -03 version) is the changes that it makes to
    RFCs that it consolidates.  Off the top of my head, the major changes
    	- Removal of SPKM authentication
    	- Removal of the Marker appendix
    	- Removal of the SHOULD requirement for SLP implementation.
    Have I missed anything significant?  The summary of this will need to be
    added to that draft.
    WG Last Call will be an opportunity (in fact the final opportunity) to
    whether anything else should be removed from iSCSI, but there's no need
    to wait
    - I encourage people to review both drafts and post comments whenever
    they can.
    In parallel, work will get started on any iSCSI MIB changes that are
    So far, I only see one MIB change - the iSCSIProtocolLevel from the new
    features draft needs to be added to the MIB, probably with a structure
    analogous to the iSCSI version support that's already in the MIB.
    --David (storm WG co-chair)
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