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This international standard defines the mechanical, electrical, timing, and protocol requirements of the

SCSI parallel interface to allow conforming devices to interoperate. The SCSI parallel interface is a local

I/O bus that may be operated over a wide range of transfer rates. The objectives of the SCSI parallel

interface are

a) To provide host computers with device independence within a class of devices. Thus, different disk

drives, tape drives, printers, optical media drives, and other devices may be added to the host

computers without requiring modifications to generic system hardware. Provision is made for the

addition of special features and functions through the use of vendor-specific options. Reserved areas

are provided for future standardization.

b) To provide compatibility such that properly conforming SCSI-2 devices may interoperate with

SCSI-3 devices given that the systems engineering is correctly done. Properly conforming SCSI-2

devices should respond in an acceptable manner to reject SCSI-3 protocol extensions. SCSI-3

protocol extensions are designed to be permissive of such rejections and thus allow the SCSI-2

devices to continue operation without requiring the use of the extension.

The interface protocol includes provision for the connection of multiple initiators (SCSI devices capable of

initiating an I/O process) and multiple targets (SCSI devices capable of responding to a request to perform

an I/O process). Distributed arbitration (i.e., bus-contention logic) is built into the architecture of SCSI. A

default priority system awards interface control to the highest priority SCSI device that is contending for

use of the bus and an optional fairness algorithm is defined.

This standard defines the physical attributes of an input/output bus for interconnecting computers and

peripheral devices.

Figure 1 is intended to show the general structure of SCSI standards. The figure is not intended to imply a

relationship such as a hierarchy, protocol stack, or system architecture.

Common Access Method

Figure 1 - General Structure of SCSI

This international standard is intended as an alternate to the SCSI-3 Parallel Interface Standard. This

international standard, in addition to containing all the information in the SCSI-3 Parallel Interface Standard

contains information and specifications for LVD and fast-40 along with many other improvements.


General information

  • Status :  Published
    Publication date : 2002-05
  • Edition : 1
    Number of pages : 203
  • :
    ISO/IEC JTC 1/SC 25
    Interconnection of information technology equipment
  • 35.200
    Interface and interconnection equipment

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