2 Outline Definition of bus Types of bus lines and their role Interrupts Bus standardsPorts
3 BusesData travels between components (CPU, memory & I/O devices) of the computer along communication paths called buses. (Note: can also have buses external to system)Bus is made up of multiple lines, which may be wires or conductors on a printed board.Bus may carry data between two components only (point-to-point) or it may be shared between many (multipoint). System bus connects CPU with main memory & other system components.
4 BusesALUControlunitCPUvideocontrollermemorydiskPoint-to pointbusMultipoint / system busBuses may be serial (one bit at time) or parallel (multiple bits at time.Most internal buses are parallel, most external are serial.
5 Bus LinesBus lines classified as data, address, control and power lines. Depending on the function of the bus, it may have all or some of these types.Current system bus may have >100 lines, including all 4 typesData lines provide path for moving data (including instructions) between system components. It’s width usually same or multiple of CPU word size (eg 64 bit CPU usually has 64 or 128 bit data bus) to enhance system performance
6 Address lines used by the CPU to carry a digital code which uniquely identifies each memory location and I/O port. It’s size dictates maximum addressable memory. eg 8 bit address bus allows only 28 memory locations000110111 or 0Possible combinations = 4 (or 22 )00, 01, 10, 112 line addressBUSMEMORY LOCATIONS
8 Bus lines Control lines include memory read/write & I/O read/writetransfer acknowledgebus request/grantinterrupt request/acknowledgeclock used to synchronize operationsControl signals necessary to effectively share bus, but may consume many bus cycles => bus protocols designed to minimize these.
9 For module to send data to another, must obtain use of bus by sending bus request signal on control linebus requestwrite1CONTROLLINESWhen request granted, puts module address on address lines, and transfers data via data bus lines.1ADDRESSLINES1DATALINES
10 Bus SpeedBus clock speed and data bus width together determine theoretical max data transfer rate of bus eg 64 bits * 100 mhz.However, actual speeds are much less than this due to reliability problems caused by with electrical interference, slow peripheral devices etc.Power lines carry electrical power to the module they are communicating with.
11 InterruptsAn interrupt is a signal that interrupts normal processing of CPU to indicate some event has occurred. It may be come from several sources:I/O device ( e.g keyboard, printer, disk drive)timer (running from system clock)program (software interrupt)hardware failure (eg memory error)Interrupts carried on special bus control lines to cpu, eg in pcs ~ 15 lines, IRQ1,IRQ8 etc
12 InterruptsInterrupt Handlers are operating system service routines used to process each interrupt. They are loaded into memory at start up.Interrupts are assigned priorities to allow some interrupts (eg hardware failure) to take precedence over less important ones.I/O device controllers use interrupts to communicate with cpu as these devices are so slow compared to cpu.
13 Fetch/ Execute/ Interrupt Cycle Fetch the next instruction START InterruptsdisabledExecute theInstructionInterrupts enabledCheck for interrupt,process if req’d.
14 Bus StandardsMany different standards (protocols) for BUS architectureStandard specifies format & meaning of messages sent across busA computer system will contain multiple diff bus types, with some interconnected to form backplane or system bus.Bus controller (bus interface unit) used to interconnect different bus types by converting signals to correct format.
15 BUS standardsISA . Was standard system bus- initially 8 bit, then 16 bit when AT (286) introduced. Latest version – EISA is 32 bit. Still used to connect slow I/O devicesAs processor speed and need for high volume high speed data transfer increase, bus can cause serious bottlenecks in I/O processing. One solution is Local BUS dedicated to input/output devices.PCI is recent 32 (or 64) bit Local BUS standard used to connect many fast I/O devices. It multiplexes data & addresses on same linesAGP - graphics only internal bus
16 External bus standards USB - recent standard for external serial bus with high throughput, allows daisychaining (up to 127 devices). Eliminates need for separate serial and parallel ports for common devices.SCSI bus family - use a specialized parrallel port, that can accept and provide addressing for multiple different devices such as disk drives, CD-ROMs, scanners at very high data rates.IEEE FireWire - extremely high speed external bus, developed for peripherals such as video cameras
17 PortsMany I/O devices connect into bus via standard interface called a port. An I/O port is a connector at end of bus into which device can be plugged.Older I/O ports were low speed, still in limited useSerial (e.g RS-232, 25 pin tech. spec, used for mouse, modem,network interface) one bit at a time, over one line.Parrallel (e.g. Centronics, used for printers) multiple bits at a time, over multiple lines.Newer ports, eg USB port handle multiple devices and much higher data throughput
18 Storage Device Controllers Storage & I/O devices connected to system bus through a device controller.Device Controller :implements bus interface standard.translates commands from cpu into device-specific formatAllows multiple devices to share bus connectionEIDE and SCSI controllers are complex devices with on-board processor, able to control large range of devices – disk, tape, CD, DVD drives.
20 Bus Interface unitsSystems frequently have many different types of buses within the one system.The bus interface unit provides the translation mechanism for moving data from one type of bus to another.