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Method to Synchronize HOST and Workstation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000059910D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08

Publishing Venue

IBM

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Authors:
Fussell, DK [+details]

Abstract

A method is described to provide a periodic synchronization of communications between a host computer and Personal Computer (PC) when machine speed varies significantly. A local workstation with stand-alone capabilities (e.g., a Personal Computer) is often attached to a host computer that for various reasons cannot process data as rapidly as the local workstation. Usually this occurs because the host must divide its attention between many local workstations, while the local workstation is concerned only with itself. Most data communication protocols require a continual synchronization exchange between host and workstation, which often leaves the workstation idle when it does not need to be idle. This is especially true when the workstation and host are in a slave/master relationship, respectively.