The assignee for this patent, patent number 8621112, is
Reporters obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "This invention relates, in general, to input/output (I/O) processing in a computing environment, and in particular, to obtaining information regarding the I/O configuration of the computing environment.
"Different computing architectures have different I/O configurations. For instance, System z.RTM. machines based on the z/Architecture.RTM. offered by
"Other types of I/O configurations, however, may be used that do not include traditional I/O devices, such as channels and subchannels. For instance, some configurations use Peripheral Component Interconnect (PCI) adapters, which have attachment and communication paradigms that are different than that of traditional I/O devices."
In addition to obtaining background information on this patent, VerticalNews editors also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent: "In accordance with an aspect of the present invention, a capability is provided for obtaining information regarding an I/O configuration that includes adapters, such as PCI adapters.
"The shortcomings of the prior art are overcome and advantages are provided through the provision of a computer program product for obtaining I/O hardware information. The computer program product includes a computer readable storage medium readable by a processing circuit and storing instructions for execution by the processing circuit for performing a method. The method includes, for instance, responsive to execution of an instruction issued by an operating system obtaining, by a processor of a computing environment, a list of one or more adapter functions of an I/O configuration accessible by the processor, the operating system absent knowledge of an adapter configuration topology of adapter functions of the computing environment, and the list including one or more function handles corresponding to the one or more adapter functions; and responsive to execution of an instruction issued by the operating system, using a function handle of the one or more function handles to obtain one or more attributes regarding the adapter function identified by the function handle, the function handle usable by one or more instructions to access the adapter function corresponding to the function handle.
"Methods and systems relating to one or more aspects of the present invention are also described and claimed herein. Further, services relating to one or more aspects of the present invention are also described and may be claimed herein.
"Additional features and advantages are realized through the techniques of the present invention. Other embodiments and aspects of the invention are described in detail herein and are considered a part of the claimed invention."
For more information, see this patent: Coneski, Anthony F.; Craddock, David; Gainey, Jr., Charles W.; Glendening, Beth A.; Gregg, Thomas A.; Njoku,
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