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SubjectRe: Linux iSCSI Initiator, OpenSource (fwd) (Re: Gauntlet Set NOW!)
On Mon, 6 Jan 2003, Roman Zippel wrote:

> Hi,
> > If you know anything about iSCSI RFC draft and how storage truly works.
> > Cisco gets it wrong, they do not believe in supporting the full RFC.
> > So you get ERL=0, and now they turned of the "Header and Data Digests",
> > this is equal to turning off the iCRC in ATA, or CRC in SCSI between the
> > controller and the device. For those people who think removing the
> > checksum test for the integrity of the data and command operations, you
> > get what you deserve.
> Ever heard of TCP checksums? Ever heard of ethernet checksums? Which
> transport doesn't use checksums nowadays? The digest makes only sense if
> you can generate it for free in hardware or for debugging, otherwise
> it's only a waste of cpu time. This makes the complete ERL 1 irrelevant
> for a software implementation. With block devices you can even get away
> with just ERL 0 to implement transparent recovery.

Please continue to think of TCP checksums as valid for a data transport,
you data will be gone soon enough.

Initiator == Controller
Target == Disk
iSCSI == cable or ribbon

Please turn off the CRC on your disk drive and see if you still have data.


Andre Hedrick, CTO & Founder
iSCSI Software Solutions Provider

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