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Mode Setting in a Peripheral System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000045323D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-06

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Kaplan, MP Yates, MJ [+details]

Abstract

A peripheral system, such as a tape data storage system, disk data storage system, printing system, or communication system, may attach to a diversity of host processors having diverse operating characteristics. A first type A may operate in a tightly knit fashion such that timing of data transfers is highly predictable, enabling the peripheral system to operate in a relatively fixed manner. Other host processors, which may include loosely-coupled multiprocessing systems, may operate in a variable timing mode such that the predictability of data transfers with respect to a given peripheral system may be low. This is termed as variable-timing host processing.