Point-To-Point Rg58 NETBIOS Local Area Network Attachment to IBM System/370
Original Publication Date: 1988-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-15
A PC-based Local Area Network (LAN) attachment to the IBM System/370 is described which uses 37xx coax cable and NETBIOS LAN protocol for communication. The network comprises a plurality of hub PCs interfacing a plurality of spoke PCs to System/370 channels. Each spoke PC is adapted for use with the NETBIOS and the coax cable. The hub PC has a PC-Channel Attachment (PCCA) to each System/370 channel and additional software to control multiple spoke PC transactions. A hub PC can be connected to 32 spoke PCs on their respective single coax cables as used by the 37xx terminal control units. The bus and control architecture is designed for point-to-point, high data rate file transfers. Multiple transactions are overlapped to exploit the full System/370 channel capacity.