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IBM z Systems Connectivity Handbook by Bill White, Frank Packheiser, Ewerson Palacio

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Connectivity options
This chapter introduces the connectivity options available on IBM z SystemsTM platforms. It covers the following topics:
Connectivity support
Channel subsystem
I/O cages, I/O drawers, and PCI Express (PCIe) I/O drawers
Supported channel types
The input/output architecture, implementation, and system-relevant rules for z Systems platforms are described in detail in subsequent chapters.
1.1 Overview
 
Book focus: Channels have been a standard component of all IBM z Systems platforms: IBM S/360, IBM System/370 (S/370), ...

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