DS DS/ISO/IEC 9318-4: Information technology - Intelligent peripheral interface - Part 4: Device generic command set for magnetic tape drives (IPI-3 tape)
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This part of ISO/IEC 9318 describes the logical level (generic level) interface for tape drives
and it provides a definition of the device-generic portion of a family of standards called the
Intelligent Peripheral Interface (IPI).
The purpose of this standard is to facilitate the development and utilization of an intelligent
interface which permits the interconnection of multiple peripheral types such as disk, tape and
communications to a controller.
The intent of the IPI is to isolate the host (CPU), both hardware and software, from changes in
peripherals by providing a "function-generic" command set to allow the connection of multiple
types of peripherals (disks, printers, tapes, communications). To smooth the transition from
the current methods to the generic approach, the IPI supports device-specific command sets
to aid in bridging the gap between the two approaches.
To accomplish this set of goals, the design of the IPI includes device-specific and devicegeneric
command sets. The device-specific command set provides:
- device-oriented control;
- physical data addressing;
- timing critical operations;
- lower device cost.
The device-generic command set provides a higher level of functionality and portability. It
- host/device independence;
- logical data addressing;
- timing independence;
- command queuing capability.
A system is not restricted to the use of one level of command set or the other. It is possible
that both levels of command sets will be utilized with a given system's architecture to balance
such parameters as system performance, cost and peripheral availability. It is also possible
for the host to provide for the migration from device-specific to device-generic levels while still
retaining the same physical interface.
The IPI standards family includes the definition of a high performance, general-purpose
parallel peripheral interface. However, the device-generic command set may also be
transported over other non-IPI physical interfaces. ANSI X3.291:1997 contains "mappings" to
the High-Performance Parallel Interface (HIPPI) and Fibre Channel (FC) as well as to the IPI
Enhanced Physical Interface. The "mappings" are not contained in this document.
- DATA PROCESSING
- INFORMATION INTERCHANGE
- NETWORK INTERCONNECT ION
- MAGNETIC TAPES
- MAGNETIC TAPE UNITS
- COMPUTER INTERFACES
- C OMMUNICATION PROCEDURE
- CONTROL PROCEDURES
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