Error Correction for IBM 800-bit-per-inch Magnetic Tape
by D. T. Brown, F. F. Sellers,Jr.
The 800-bit-per-inch magnetic tape units that are components of IBM System/360 can correct error bursts of unlimited length in any one of their nine tape tracks. The correction technique employs a modified cyclic code in conjunction with a parity bit in each nine-bit character. There are nine check bits in the modified cyclic code and these form a check character at the end of every record. To perform the correction, a record in which an error has been detected must be reread. Errors involving more than one track within the same record are detected but are not correctable. This error correction technique operates during both read-forward and read-backward operations, and on records of any length.