Summary of answers to `what does `silo overflow' mean'

From: Eric Hanchrow (yamada-sun!
Date: Sat Feb 03 1990 - 19:35:42 CST

This was obviously an easy question -- everybody's repsonses were
pretty much the same. Here's a typical one:
        Eric --

        A "silo overflow" happens when input to a serial line comes in faster
        than the computer can process it.

        The "silo" referred to is a hardware input buffer associated with a
        serial port. The serial line hardware (e.g., ALM board) detects when
        the buffer overflows and sets a bit in a status register to warn the
        computer that some incoming data was lost on a given line.

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