[TUHS] Control-T (was top)

Noel Chiappa jnc at mercury.lcs.mit.edu
Wed May 30 04:49:55 AEST 2018

    > From: Dave Horsfall

    > I have a clear recollection that UNSW's driver (or was it Basser?)  did
    > not use interrupts .. but used the clock interrupt to empty the silos
    > every so often. I'd check the source in the Unix Archive, but I don't
    > remember which disk image it's in ... Can anyone confirm or deny this?

I found this one:


which seems to be the one you're rhinking of, or close to it.

It actually does use interrupts, on both sides - sort of. On the input side,
it uses the 'silo alarm', which interrupts when the input buffer has 16
characters in it. This has the same issue as the silo on the DH11 - if there
are less characters than that waiting, the host never gets an interrupt. Which
may be why it does the timer-based input check also?

The output side is entirely interrupt driven; it _does_ reduce the number of
interrupts by checking _every_ output line (on every DZ11 in the machine) to
see if that line's ready for a character when it gets any output interrupt,
which will definitely seriously reduce the number of output interrupts - but
even then, if _one_ line is going flat out, that's still 1000 interrupts per


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