Mount a tape 2867
my first programming job was to implement a 360-30 version of 1401 mpio (rather than running 360-30 in 1401 emulation mode). the 1401 was physically moved tape from 1401 drive to 709 drive, 709 ran outputing to new tape, took that tape from 709 drive back to 1401 tape drive and produced whatever print & punch output.
tapes came in canisters which had to be opened, reel of tape removed. tape drives had full sized swing open doors that you manually opened; you had to mount the reel and then manually feed the tape to the tape-up reel (somewhat similar to the old audio tape open reel).
later they had those straps that just wrapped around the reel of tape, instead of canisters that completely enclosed the reel.
later still you got those straps that didn't have to be removed, there was new drives that would open the strap a smidgen and feed the tape from the reel.
Vintage Computer Festival East 3.0 update
Okay, Evan here again. I apologize for the incomplete original message. I was so excited about speading...
for the 360-30 mpio version i got to design and implement my own monitor, interrupt handlers, device drivers, error recovery, storage allocation, mulbreastasking, etc. i could concurrently handle card to one tape ... while concurrently processing another tape to printer.
recent posting with lots of references to MPIO activity:
much later i had implemented a backup-archive system that i deployed on a number of internal systems (originally, mostly used 6250bpi tape). eventually it made it out the door as workstation datasave, which subsequently morphed into adsm and is now called tsm.
the 360 green card had tape ccws. several years ago, an ios3270 of the green card was done (ios3270 was a full-screen menu app on cms from the 70s, lots of people saw it as the service processor menus on the 3090; the 3090 service processor was a pair of 4361s running a hihgly customized version of vm370 release 6 with all the menu screens in ios3270). the 360-67 "blue" card also had sense bit definitions for a number of devices. I had added some of that sense information (including tape) to the ios3270 gcard. recently i did a rough cut at translating the ios3270 gcard to html mag tape ccw: sense data
SPAM} Expanded Storage 2872
that was one of the issues that happened in the initial morph from cp67 to vm370. i had introduced global...
picture of 2311 7mbyte disk drvies in the forground and a couple 2400 tape drives in the left middle (picture also drum in upper middle behind tape drives):
the whole front of the tape drive was a door that opened. tape reel was mounted on the hub and feed thru the heads and onto the take-up reel. the reels had small finger indented finger depression ... you would wind the tape around the take up reel once (until it had overlapped and friction would keep it from slipping) and then you would spin the take-up reel several times (index finger in the finger depression) ... getting the tape position past the small strip of reflective foil that marked the start of tape. you closed the door and hit rewind-ready. that would spin tape from the take-up reel until the heads sensed the reflective foil (if you didn't get the tape spun manually past the reflective foil, all the tape would come off the take-up reel and you would have to feed it again from the start).
the hub in the middle of the tape reel had a handle that pull out that released and-or locked the tape reel on the hub.
note if you have 16gbytes of expanded store and 16gbytes of regular storage ... then only stuff...
earlier 701 tape drive
later 3420 tape drive
Mount a tape 2868
Louis Krupp i had some stuff from the late 60s and early 70s replicated on three different tapes (over the years copying from 800bpi to 1600bpi to 6250bpi tape) ... but all...
the mounted tape is on the right with the (white) auto-strap still around the reel. this had a small clasp that the tape drive opened and pulled the tape thru the opening and fed the tape under the heads and onto the take-up reel.
another picture of 3420 tape drive (on ebay, picture isn't likely to be around for long)
here is a closeup of the white strap around a tape reel with the clasp on the left that could automatically be opened and feed the tape.
picture of 360-30 with tape drives on the left and 2314 disks on the right.