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System/370 Extended Architecture: The Channel Subsystem

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3 Author(s)
Cormier, R.L. ; IBM Information Systems and Technology Group, P.O. Box 390, Poughkeepsie, New York 12602, USA ; Dugan, R.J. ; Guyette, R.R.

The 370-XA channel subsystem architecture represents a significant extension of the corresponding System/370 architecture. This paper examines the need for these extensions, discusses the important features and facilities of the new architecture, and provides comparisons with its predecessor, the System/370 channel architecture. It also describes, from an operational viewpoint, how these new concepts affect I/O processing and how they relate to the current trend toward using multiple CPUs, increasing CPU execution speed, and increasing the number of I/O attachments.

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IBM Journal of Research and Development  (Volume:27 ,  Issue: 3 )