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1 I/O Systems & Mass-Storage Systems

2 I/O Hardware Incredible variety of I/O devices Common concepts Port Bus (daisy chain or shared direct access) Controller (host adapter) I/O instructions control devices Devices have addresses, used by Direct I/O instructions Memory-mapped I/O

3 A Typical PC Bus Structure

4 Polling Determines state of device command-ready busy Error Busy-wait cycle to wait for I/O from device

5 Interrupts CPU Interrupt request line triggered by I/O device Interrupt handler receives interrupts Maskable to ignore or delay some interrupts Interrupt vector to dispatch interrupt to correct handler Based on priority Some unmaskable Interrupt mechanism also used for exceptions

6 Direct Memory Access Used to avoid programmed I/O for large data movement Requires DMA controller Bypasses CPU to transfer data directly between I/O device and memory

7 Six Step Process to Perform DMA Transfer

8 Application I/O Interface
I/O system calls encapsulate device behaviors in generic classes Device-driver layer hides differences among I/O controllers from kernel Devices vary in many dimensions Character-stream or block Sequential or random-access Sharable or dedicated Speed of operation read-write, read only, or write only

9 Block and Character Devices
Block devices include disk drives Commands include read, write, seek Raw I/O or file-system access Memory-mapped file access possible Character devices include keyboards, mice, serial ports Commands include get, put Libraries layered on top allow line editing

10 Network Devices Varying enough from block and character to have own interface Unix and Windows NT/9i/2000 include socket interface Separates network protocol from network operation Includes select functionality Approaches vary widely (pipes, FIFOs, streams, queues, mailboxes)

11 Clocks and Timers Provide current time, elapsed time, timer If programmable interval time used for timings, periodic interrupts ioctl (on UNIX) covers odd aspects of I/O such as clocks and timers

12 Blocking and Nonblocking I/O
Blocking - process suspended until I/O completed Easy to use and understand Insufficient for some needs Nonblocking - I/O call returns as much as available User interface, data copy (buffered I/O) Implemented via multi-threading Returns quickly with count of bytes read or written Asynchronous - process runs while I/O executes Difficult to use I/O subsystem signals process when I/O completed

13 Kernel I/O Subsystem Scheduling Some I/O request ordering via per-device queue Some OSs try fairness Buffering - store data in memory while transferring between devices To cope with device speed mismatch To cope with device transfer size mismatch To maintain “copy semantics”

14 Kernel I/O Subsystem Caching - fast memory holding copy of data Always just a copy Key to performance Spooling - hold output for a device If device can serve only one request at a time i.e., Printing Device reservation - provides exclusive access to a device System calls for allocation and deallocation Watch out for deadlock

15 Error Handling OS can recover from disk read, device unavailable, transient write failures Most return an error number or code when I/O request fails System error logs hold problem reports

16 Kernel Data Structures
Kernel keeps state info for I/O components, including open file tables, network connections, character device state Many, many complex data structures to track buffers, memory allocation, “dirty” blocks Some use object-oriented methods and message passing to implement I/O

17 I/O Requests to Hardware Operations
Consider reading a file from disk for a process: Determine device holding file Translate name to device representation Physically read data from disk into buffer Make data available to requesting process Return control to process

18 STREAMS STREAM – a full-duplex communication channel between a user-level process and a device A STREAM consists of: - STREAM head interfaces with the user process - driver end interfaces with the device - zero or more STREAM modules between them. Each module contains a read queue and a write queue Message passing is used to communicate between queues

19 Disk Structure Disk drives are addressed as large 1-dimensional arrays of logical blocks, where the logical block is the smallest unit of transfer. The 1-dimensional array of logical blocks is mapped into the sectors of the disk sequentially. Sector 0 is the first sector of the first track on the outermost cylinder. Mapping proceeds in order through that track, then the rest of the tracks in that cylinder, and then through the rest of the cylinders from outermost to innermost.

20 Disk Scheduling The operating system is responsible for using hardware efficiently — for the disk drives, this means having a fast access time and disk bandwidth. Access time has two major components Seek time is the time for the disk are to move the heads to the cylinder containing the desired sector. Rotational latency is the additional time waiting for the disk to rotate the desired sector to the disk head. Minimize seek time Seek time  seek distance Disk bandwidth is the total number of bytes transferred, divided by the total time between the first request for service and the completion of the last transfer.

21 Disk Scheduling (Cont.)
Several algorithms exist to schedule the servicing of disk I/O requests. We illustrate them with a request queue (0-199). 98, 183, 37, 122, 14, 124, 65, 67 Head pointer 53

22 Illustration shows total head movement of 640 cylinders.
FCFS Illustration shows total head movement of 640 cylinders.

23 SSTF Selects the request with the minimum seek time from the current head position. SSTF scheduling is a form of SJF scheduling; may cause starvation of some requests. Illustration shows total head movement of 236 cylinders.

24 SSTF (Cont.)

25 SCAN The disk arm starts at one end of the disk, and moves toward the other end, servicing requests until it gets to the other end of the disk, where the head movement is reversed and servicing continues. Sometimes called the elevator algorithm. Illustration shows total head movement of 208 cylinders.

26 SCAN (Cont.)

27 C-SCAN Provides a more uniform wait time than SCAN. The head moves from one end of the disk to the other. servicing requests as it goes. When it reaches the other end, however, it immediately returns to the beginning of the disk, without servicing any requests on the return trip. Treats the cylinders as a circular list that wraps around from the last cylinder to the first one.

28 C-SCAN (Cont.)

29 C-LOOK Version of C-SCAN Arm only goes as far as the last request in each direction, then reverses direction immediately, without first going all the way to the end of the disk.

30 C-LOOK (Cont.)

31 END

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