A HIGH-PERFORMANCE DISK CONTROLLER FOR THE FASTBUS

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Energy
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$500,000.00
Award Year:
1988
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Award Id:
6990
Agency Tracking Number:
6990
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
7841 Epsilon Dr, Rockville, MD, 20855
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
Mr Matthew W Price
(301) 670-9282
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
THE FASTBUS IS A STANDARDIZED, HIGH-PERFORMANCE 32-BIT BUS USED IN DATA ACQUISITION AND DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEMS. THERE ARE CURRENTLY SEVERAL MANUFACTURERS WHO ARE BUILDING BOARDS THAT ARE COMPATIBLE WITH THE FASTBUS AND USEMANY OF THE POSSIBLE FEATURES. ADDITIONALLY, R&D IS CONTINUING IN PRIVATE INDUSTRY, UNIVERSITIES, AND THE GOVERNMENT TO SUPPORT THE FASTBUS STANDARD FOR VARIOUS NEW LOGIC MODULES. ONE MAJOR AREA THAT IS NOT RECEIVING SUPPORT, HOWEVER, IS THE INTERFACING OF MASS STORAGE DEVICES (SUCH AS WINCHESTER, OPTICAL, FLOPPY DISKS, OR TAPES) DIRECTLY TO THE FASTBUS. THE PROJECT WILL INVOLVE EXAMINING SEVERAL OF THE CURRENT MASS STORAGE DEVICE INTERFACING REQUIREMENTS FOR APPLICABILITY TO THE FASTBUS, AFTER WHICH THE THROUGHPUT AND PROTOCOL REQUIREMENTS OF THE FASTBUS WILL BE MATED WITH THE SPECIAL INTERFACE NEEDS OF COMMERCIAL OFF-THE-SHELF STORAGE DEVICES. TO ASCERTAIN THE FEASIBILITY OF THE PROPOSED RESEARCH, SPECIAL CAPABILITIES OF THE FASTBUS, SUCH AS MULTIPROCESSING, HIGH-SPEED BURST MODE TRANSFERS, AND PHYSICAL AND LOGICAL STORAGE ADDRESSING WILL BE CONSIDERED IN THE DESIGN OF THE FLEXIBLE,HIGH-PERFORMANCE FASTBUS DISK CONTROLLER MODULE. IT IS FORESEEN THAT THE PROPOSED MODULE WILL OFFER AN ORDER-OF-MAGNITUDE INCREASE IN PERFORMANCE OVER CURRENT DISK INTERFACE TECHNIQUES.

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