Communications "Port Manager" for Computer Systems
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
A technique is described whereby a structured software implementation, called "Port Manager" (PM), provides an efficient means of managing input/output (I/O) communication ports in the supervision of a variety of tasks. The structured supervisor PM enables many different kinds of hardware I/O ports to be shared by many different communications protocols by identifying a structure of functions for computers interacting with each other, as used in real-time multi-tasking computer networks. The PM concept can be applied from the simplest form of supervising computer to printer, or terminal, to the supervision of multilayer data link controls.