Also called Intelligent I/O, a new I/O architecture being developed by a consortium of computer companies called the I2O special Interest Group (SIG). I2O is designed to eliminate I/O bottlenecks by utilizing special I/O processors (IOPs) that handle the nitty gritty details of interrupt handling, buffering and data transfer. In addition, an I2O driver consists of an OS-specific module (OSM) that deals with higher-level operating system details (such as accessing files) and a hardware device module (HDM), that understands how to communicate with specific devices. Because the OSM and HDM are autonomous, they can perform a number of tasks independently, without sending data over the I/O bus.
I2O is being designed to work with PCI but isn’t expect to be widely available until 1998 or later.
Short for Internet Access Coalition, a consortium of companies involved in the Internet, including AT&T, Microsoft, and MCI. The IAC’s stated purpose is to maintain the affordability of Internet access over telephone lines and accelerate the availability of inexpensive digital telephone network connections to the Internet.
Short for interconnection agreement, a contract between a requesting carrier or CLEC and an ILEC for UNEs, collocation, resale, access to poles, conduits and right of way, physical interconnection and compensation for the exchange of traffic between the two networks. Section 252 of the Telecommunications Act of 1996 sets out the methods to secure an […]
Short for Internet International Ad Hoc Committee, the international organization responsible for managing the Internet’s Domain Name System (DNS). The Committee was dissolved on May 1, 1997
Short for Internet Assigned Numbers Authority, an organization working under the auspices of the Internet Architecture Board (IAB) that is responsible for assigning new Internet-wide IP addresses.
- Internet Access Provider (IAP)
Short for Internet Access Provider, a company that provides access to the Internet. IAPs generally provide dial-up access through a modem and PPP connection, though companies that offer Internet access with other devices, such as cable modemsor wireless connections, could also be considered IAPs. The terms IAPs and ISP (Internet Service Providers) are often used […]