Intelligent Storage Services Configuration Guide, Cisco DCNM for SAN, Release 6.x
Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics
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Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics

Table Of Contents

Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics

Information About SCSI Flow Statistics

SCSI Flow Statistics Overview

SCSI Flow Specification Attributes

SCSI Flow Manager

SCSI Flow Configuration Client

SCSI Flow Data Path Support

Licensing Requirements for SCSI Flow Statistics

Default Settings

Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics

Enabling SCSI Flow Statistics

Clearing SCSI Flow Statistics

Verifying SCSI Flow Statistics

Field Descriptions for SCSI Flow Statistics

SSM

Virtual Initiator


Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics


This chapter describes the SCSI flow statistics feature which is supported on the Storage Services Module (SSM).

This chapter includes the following sections:

Information About SCSI Flow Statistics

Licensing Requirements for SCSI Flow Statistics

Default Settings

Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics

Verifying SCSI Flow Statistics

Field Descriptions for SCSI Flow Statistics

Information About SCSI Flow Statistics

This section includes the following topics:

SCSI Flow Statistics Overview

SCSI Flow Specification Attributes

SCSI Flow Manager

SCSI Flow Configuration Client

SCSI Flow Data Path Support

SCSI Flow Statistics Overview

The statistics that can be collected for SCSI flows include the following:

SCSI reads

Number of I/Os

Number of I/O blocks

Maximum I/O blocks

Minimum I/O response time

Maximum I/O response time

SCSI writes

Number of I/Os

Number of I/O blocks

Maximum I/O blocks

Minimum I/O response time

Maximum I/O response time

Other SCSI commands (not read or write)

Test unit ready

Report LUN

Inquiry

Read capacity

Mode sense

Request sense

Errors

Number of timeouts

Number of I/O failures

Number of various SCSI status events

Number of various SCSI sense key errors or events

To take advantage of this feature, only the initiator must be directly attached to an SSM.


Note The SCSI flow statistics feature requires the Enterprise Package license installed only on the initiator switches.



Note For SCSI flow statistics, the initiator must connect to an SSM on a Cisco MDS switch while the target can connect to any other switch in the fabric. The SCSI flow initiator and target cannot connect to the same switch.


SCSI Flow Specification Attributes

A SCSI flow specification consists of the following attributes:

SCSI flow identifier

VSAN identifier

SCSI initiator port WWN

SCSI target port WWN

Flow feature set consisting of Fibre Channel Write Acceleration and statistics monitoring.

SCSI Flow Manager

The SCSI flow manager (SFM) resides on a supervisor module and handles the configuration of SCSI flows, validating them and relaying configuration information to the appropriate SSM. It also handles any dynamic changes to the status of the SCSI flow due to external events. The SFM registers events resulting from operations, such as port up or down, VSAN suspension, and zoning that affects the SCSI flow status, and updates the flow status and configuration accordingly.

The SFM on the initiator communicates to its peer on the target side using Cisco Fabric Services (CFS). Peer communication allows the initiator SFM to validate target parameters and program information on the target side.

SCSI Flow Configuration Client

A SCSI flow configuration client (SFCC) resides on the CPP of the SSM. It receives flow configuration requests from the SFM, programs the DPP corresponding to the initiator and target port interfaces, and responds to the SFM with the status of the configuration request.

SCSI Flow Data Path Support

The DPP on the SSM examines all the messages between the initiator and target and provides SCSI flow features such as Fibre Channel Write Acceleration and statistics monitoring.

Licensing Requirements for SCSI Flow Statistics

The following table shows the licensing requirements for SCSI Flow Statistics:

License
License Requirement

ENTERPRISE_PKG

SCSI flow statistics requires license. Any feature not included in a license package is bundled with the Cisco NX-OS system images and is provided at no extra charge to you. For a complete explanation of the NX-OS licensing scheme, see the Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide.

FM_SERVER_PKG

Traffic Analyzer for SCSI flow statistics requires an Enterprise Services license. For a complete explanation of the NX-OS licensing scheme and how to obtain and apply licenses, see the Cisco NX-OS Licensing Guide.


Default Settings

Table 3-1 lists the default settings for SCSI flow statistics parameters.

Table 3-1 Default SCSI Flow Statistics Parameters 

Parameters
Default

SCSI flow statistics

Disabled


Configuring SCSI Flow Statistics

This section includes the following topics:

Enabling SCSI Flow Statistics

Clearing SCSI Flow Statistics

Enabling SCSI Flow Statistics

Detailed Steps

To enable SCSI flow statistics monitoring using DCNM-SAN, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand End Devices and then select SSM Features in the Physical Attributes pane.

You see the FCWA tab in the Information pane.

Step 2 Click Create Row in the Information pane to create a SCSI flow or click a row in the FCWA table to modify an existing SCSI flow.

You see the FC Write Acceleration dialog box.

Step 3 Select the initiator and target WWNs and VSAN IDs and check the Enable Statistics check box to enable SCSI flow statistics on this SCSI flow.

Step 4 (Optional) Enable Fibre Channel Write Acceleration on this SCSI flow at this time by checking the WriteAcc check box.

Step 5 Click Create to create this SCSI flow.


Clearing SCSI Flow Statistics

Clears SCSI flow statistics counters for SCSI flow ID.

Detailed Steps

To clear SCSI flow statistics using DCNM-SAN, follow these steps:


Step 1 Expand End Devices and then select SSM Features.

Step 2 Check the Stats Clear check box to clear SCSI flow statistics.

Step 3 Click the Apply Changes icon to clear the SCSI flow statistics.


Verifying SCSI Flow Statistics

To display SCSI Flow Statistics configuration information, perform one of the following tasks:

Command
Purpose

show scsi-flow statistics

Displays the SCSI Flow Statistics for all SCSI flow identifiers.

show scsi-flow statistics flow-id 4

Displays the SCSI Flow Statistics for a specific SCSI flow identifier.


For detailed information about the fields in the output from these commands, refer to the Cisco DC-OS Command Reference.

Field Descriptions for SCSI Flow Statistics

SSM

Field
Description

StartPort, EndPort, Feature

A table containing feature related information for interfaces. This table gives a list of interfaces that are assigned to different features. The interfaces supported are of the type Fibre Channel.

PartnerImageURI

A collection of objects related to SSM Feature to interface mapping.


Virtual Initiator

Field
Description

Processor Id

The DPP ID.

Control

If false, it's the data path. If true, it's the control path.