Issue No.02 - February (1984 vol.33)
S.W. White , Advanced System Design Group, IBM
At the present time substantial software, memory, and CPU cycle penalties are incurred in bridging the semantic gap between high-level language formatted output statements and I/O device capabilities. Because of this gap and in response to the rapidly expanding capability of VLSI microelectronic circuits, a dedicated I/O processor is proposed to off-load the inherent conversion and formatting task from the host computer. The research reported here investigated the feasibility, the architectural requirements, and the implementational considerations of a regular design methodology for a VLSI-based I/O formatter.
VLSI-based I/O formatter, Custom VLSI circuits, high-level language input/ output formatting, peripheral processors, run-time I/O conversion
S.W. White, V.T. Rhyne, "A VLSI-Based I/O Formatting Device", IEEE Transactions on Computers, vol.33, no. 2, pp. 140-149, February 1984, doi:10.1109/TC.1984.1676406