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Device independence means that SCSI supports many device classes

SCSI: Bus and Interface

The roots of SCSI go back to 1979, when the disk drive manufacturer Shugart was looking for a new universal interface for future disk drives. The goal of the effort was to develop an interface that supported logical block addressing rather than head/cylinder/sector, 8-bit parallel data transfer instead of analog serial and generic commands rather than a couple of control lines. This interface was called SASI (Shugart Associates Systems Interface). The SASI specification included some 6-byte commands and a single-ended interface.

In late 1981, Shugart along with NCR, presented SASI to the ANSI committee X3T9.2, which accepted it as a project, now called SCSI. In the following development period, many major improvements over SASI have been added to the SCSI draft. This includes the ability of devices to compete for the bus (arbitrate) and to free the bus (disconnect/reselect) temporarily during command execution. Also it was now possible to have more than one host adapter on a SCSI bus. By 1984 a draft proposal was presented to ANSI for approval. At that time there were already many devices on the market that adhered more or less to this proposal. In 1986, SCSI was approved by ANSI as document X3.131-1986. This first official version is today referred to as SCSI-1. SCSI-1 included 6- and 10-byte commands, the single-ended and differential interface options and synchronous and asynchronous data transfer. All that has nothing to do with online betting sites but since we know a good one, here you go.


An example of an SCSI LVD/SE system.

SCSI: Bus and Interface

Get the Nitty Gritty About SCSI   Article helps get you up to speed on what's happening with SCSI. Gives a background for the standard, its technology, and how it compares to other standards. From Tech Republic, written by Scott Lowe MCSE.

Advanced Horizons   Article called SCSI Explained includes: why it came about, bus width and speed, types and other benefits of SCSI.

   Written to help users understand common field issues that one might run into when connecting a SCSI drive (or drives) to various kinds of SCSI buses, whether cable or backplane.

End-User SCSI Disk Performance with Parallel and Non-parallel Files  This report describes a series of experiments to investigate the performance of SCSI disks as seen by the application programmer. You will need to choose a download format.

All About SCSI   What is SCSI? An article by DataPro.

SCSI Information   From Arizona State University.

IP-Over-SCSI   The purpose of IP Over SCSI is to connect two or more computers with SCSI interfaces using the IP protocol.

  Nov. 97 Article from Computer Technology Review written by Marc D. Brooks, details how SCSI bus can be expanded to perform more complex applications. Summarizes LVD/HVD usage, LUNs, compatibility issues, and the future of SCSI.

  SCSI basics including features, history, differentiators and applications. (will open as .pdf)

SCSI Common Codes and Values  Informative summaries for several of the more commonly used codes and coded values are included as annex information in the SCSI Primary Commands - 2 (SPC-2) draft standard.

Linux   High performance SCSI & RAID: What is SCSI?

  Article detailing the differences by David Risley.

SCSI-3 Standards Architecture  Chart reflects the currently approved SCSI-3 project family. All projects are in T10, except Fibre Channel is in T11 and 1394 is in IEEE.

On-Line Extraction of SCSI Disk Drive Parameters  This report describes a suite of general-purpose techniques and algorithms for acquiring the necessary data from SCSI disks via the ANSI-standard interface. You will need to choose a download format.

PC Webopedia - SCSI Information   An online encyclopedia and search engine dedicated to computer technology.

   Common SCSI bus connectors. Table courtesy of Paralan Corp and Quantum Corp. At STA's site.

   Tables containing: SCSI bus width/maximum data rates, maximum bus length with device addressing, cable lengths meters/feet and SCSI technologies comparison of maximums. From SCSI Masters.com.

   Supplier list at the STA of, STA members, non-members.

   STA-endorsed terms & terminology for SCSI parallel interface technology.

SCSI    From Wolfgang Schulte's SCSI information guide.

STA - The SCSI Trade Association   SCSI (Small Computer System Interface) has been an official industry standard for 12 years. It continues to evolve in order to meet the demands of the most sophisticated systems. The standard recognizes virtually every peripheral type and takes advantage of newer hardware and more intelligent controllers. The data path has been widened and tranfer speeds have been increased to keep pace with system requirements.

T10 Home Page    T10 is a Technical Committee of the National Committee on Information Technology Standards. NCITS is accredited by, and operates under rules that are approved by, the American National Standards Institute.

What is SCSI? from Storage Search  Written by Performance Technologies.



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