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Input/Output Control Block Indirect Device Control Parameter Mechanism

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000038467D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-31

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Bourke, DG Downs, ES Kurtz, HL [+details]

Abstract

This article describes a technique for use in the input/output (I/O) subsystem of a data processing system which eliminates device dependencies in an I/O control block. The drawing illustrates a representative set of essential I/O command parameters for starting an I/O operation. The sizes of fields chosen for the illustration are arbitrary. The parameters are: .The command byte; The I/O address, showing a field for specifying up to four main; I/O busses which may be attached to a processor, and a field for specifying the address of the target device. A storage address, pointing to an I/O control block (IOCB) in the; main storage of the processor. These parameters are passed to the specified device on the appropriate I/O bus, and are called the immediate command parameters (ICPs).