The National Instrument$ and Angilent ($$$) support this interface (developing drivers and aplications), this is the first and problably the last post that I do about anything that use proprietary software, I want only show that is possible use free software in this type of situation.
So, the GPIB was developed by cientists, for your devices, and they earn rates about 5MB/s (yes, 5 Mega Bytes). Few time later the IEEE maked the standard IEEE-488.
This standard is very commom is devices of materials analysis, radio-frequency, etc.... those are used in "down engeneering".
But the Scilab has a toolbox for GPIB systems (here) and it works on GNU/Linux (if the toolbox doesn't work on GNU/Linux I don't make this post)!
About the GPIB:
- Supports until 32 devices simultaneously;
- In a GPIB network exists 3 types of elements: talkers, listeners and controllers;
- Each device can be acessed and controlled individually.
I'm having sucess with Scilab and GPIB.
Finishing: we don't need use MetLab or LambVIEW or any proprietary software (they smell badly!).