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A control store is the part of a CPU's control unit that stores the CPU's microprogram. It is usually accessed by a microsequencer. Early types of control store took the form of diode-arrays that were accessed via address decoders, but were later implemented as writable microcode that was stored in a form of read-only memory called a writable control store. The outputs generally had to go through a register to prevent a race condition from occurring. The register was clocked by the clock signal of the system it was running on.

Virtual ports for data transferring of a data storage system

A storage controller has at least one physical data port for a data network including host processors. The storage controller is programmed to provide a plurality of virtual ports for access to storage, and a virtual switch for routing storage access requests from the physical port to the virtual ports. The virtual ports and the virtual switch are defined by software. The virtual ports appear to the hosts as physical ports in the data network. For example, in a Fiber-Channel network, the virtual ports have World Wide Names (WWNs) and are assigned temporary addresses (S_Ds), and the virtual switch provides a name server identifying the WWNs and S_IDs of the virtual ports. For convenient partitioning of storage among host processors, one or more virtual ports are assigned to each host, and a set of storage volumes are made accessible from each virtual port. A host can access storage at a virtual port only if the virtual port has been assigned to the host. Preferably, storage can be accessed through each virtual port by no more than one assigned host, although a shared volume may be accessible from more than one virtual port. The storage controller may provide a service for reporting to a host the virtual ports through which the host can access storage, and the storage volumes that are accessible to the host through each of the virtual ports.
Owner:EMC IP HLDG CO LLC

Storage apparatus provided with a plurality of nonvolatile semiconductor storage media and storage control method

A storage apparatus is provided with a plurality of nonvolatile semiconductor storage media and a storage controller that is a controller that is coupled to the plurality of semiconductor storage media. The storage controller identifies a first semiconductor storage unit that is at least one semiconductor storage media and a second semiconductor storage unit that is at least one semiconductor storage media and that is provided with a remaining length of life shorter than that of the first semiconductor storage unit based on the remaining life length information that has been acquired. The storage controller moreover identifies a first logical storage region for the first semiconductor storage unit and a second logical storage region that is provided with a write load higher than that of the first logical storage region for the second semiconductor storage unit based on the statistics information that indicates the statistics that is related to a write for every logical storage region. The storage controller reads data from the first logical storage region and the second logical storage region, and writes data that has been read from the first logical storage region to the second logical storage region and / or writes data that has been read from the second logical storage region to the first logical storage region.
Owner:HITACHI LTD

Method, system, and program for recovery from a failure in an asynchronous data copying system

InactiveUS20050071708A1Application downtime is minimizedMemory loss protectionUnauthorized memory use protectionRecovery methodDevice form
A method of recovery from a data storage system failure in a data storage system having a host computer writing data updates to a local storage controller at a local site. The local controller is associated with a local storage device. The local storage controller is also configured to asynchronously copy the updates to a remote storage controller associated with a remote storage device at a remote site. In addition, the remote storage controller is configured to store a consistent point in time copy of the updates on a backup storage device. The consistent point in time copy is known as a consistency group. Upon detection of a failure associated with the local site, a determination is made whether a group of updates pending for storage on the backup storage device form an intact consistency group. If an intact consistency group has not formed, corrective action may be taken to create an intact consistency group. The recovery method further consists of synchronizing the remote storage device, initiating recovery operations and, upon recovery of the local site, resynchronization of the local storage device and the backup storage device to recovery consistency group without the need for full volume storage copies and while minimizing application downtime.
Owner:IBM CORP

Method, system and article of manufacture for recovery from a failure in a cascading PPRC system

InactiveUS20050081091A1Application downtime is minimizedRedundant hardware error correctionData synchronizationControl store
A method of recovery from a data storage system failure in a data storage system having a host computer writing data to a first storage unit with a first storage controller synchronously mirroring the data to a second storage unit, and with a second storage controller asynchronously mirroring the data to a third storage unit. The method begins with the detection of a failure associated with the first storage unit. Upon detection of the error or failure associated with the first storage unit, the synchronous data mirroring relationship between the first storage unit and the second storage unit is terminated and the host is directed to write data updates directly to the second storage unit. Upon correction of the failure associated with the first storage unit, the asynchronous mirroring of data updates from the second storage unit to the third storage unit is suspended and synchronous mirroring of the data updates in a reverse direction, from the second storage unit to the first storage unit, is commenced. When a full duplex state is reached between the first storage unit and the second storage unit, the synchronous PPRC relationship with the first storage volume mirroring data to the second storage volume may be reestablished and host I/O writes to the first storage unit may be resumed.
Owner:IBM CORP
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