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Autonomic Policy-Based Grid Widgets

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000010603D
Original Publication Date: 2002-Dec-20
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Dec-20
Document File: 2 page(s) / 51K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Disclosed is a process for creating policy-driven user interface (UI) widgets. Standard UI widgets are linked to an existing policy management system to ensure that input provided by an administrator is valid according to local policies.

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Autonomic Policy-Based Grid Widgets

The deployment of autonomic computing will be evolutionary. Before completely autonomic systems can be achieved, administrator (admin) interaction will be necessary. Admin interaction is typically accomplished through the use of a user interface (UI).

Today's UIs are not particularly autonomic -- that is, the admin must know, to a large extent, what value to enter in a particular widget. There have been incremental steps toward autonomic widgets, such as password fields that attempt to crack passwords as they are entered, and static validity checking (e.g., is a password at least 6 chars, etc.)

However, these approaches are far too static, and do not recognize the policy-driven nature of autonomic computing. This disclosure aims to merge autonomic policy with interface widgets.

Disclosed is a process for creating policy-driven user interface (UI) widgets. It assumes the existence of a policy repository, for example a relational database configured to store policies.

The crux of the disclosure is straightforward: widgets are tied to the policy systems, and values are checked against policies. For example, one management domain might require that passwords be 6 characters with a digit as one, another domain might require 8 characters, and do a dictionary check. These policies would be stored in the policy repository. When a user enters a password in a password widget, a run-time system loads the associated policies, and checks th...