Patent Number: 6,338,111

Title: Method and apparatus for reducing I/O interrupts

Abstract: The invention reduces the number of data input/output interrupts in a computer, based on dynamic communication between an I/O adapter and a host. The invention can receive data and pass the data to the host for long periods of time with only a single initial interrupt of the host. If the host begins to fall behind in its processing of received data, the invention monitors the situation and initiates additional interrupts to the host. If additional interrupts are needed because the host is falling behind, the invention may further initiate additional processes for the processing of the data to relieve the host situation.

Inventors: Stevens; Jerry Wayne (Raleigh, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 13/20 (20060101); G06F 13/26 (20060101); G06F 009/46 ()

Expiration Date: 01/08/2019