Local Arbiter Compete Function Test for Non-Maskable Interrupt Arbitration
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A technique is described whereby a local arbiter compete function test is provided for computers equipped with non-maskable interrupt (NMI) arbitration. The concept tests the local arbiters' ability to compete and remove the device identifier from the arbitration bus in response to higher priority requests. (Image Omitted) During diagnostics or power-on testing, the diagnostic bit in the central arbiter port may be set to force the arbitration bus to zero, whenever master devices are competing for the bus ("+ARB/-GRANT" = 1). The technique, as shown in Fig. 1, allows the diagnostic bit to control the ARB bus. Diagnostic software can then program a local arbiter to request the bus. Each local arbiter is tested independently.