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Representation of IBM 9370 Configuration Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034708D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 66K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Arnold, VD: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The IBM 9370 Processor is a multi-rack processor which is configured for each specific customer order. The configurations are generated by an expert system configurator called Hardware Placement and Connection Service (HP&CS). HP&CS uses a knowledge base of rules generated by a team of 9370 configuration experts. The rules in the knowledge base and the HP&CS configurator are then tested, with test cases which represent customer's input orders to verify that they are correct. It is estimated that there are several million possible configurations. The nature of the expert configuration system creates many similar configurations that are valid but different with each new internal configurator release.

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Representation of IBM 9370 Configuration Information

The IBM 9370 Processor is a multi-rack processor which is configured for each specific customer order. The configurations are generated by an expert system configurator called Hardware Placement and Connection Service (HP&CS). HP&CS uses a knowledge base of rules generated by a team of 9370 configuration experts. The rules in the knowledge base and the HP&CS configurator are then tested, with test cases which represent customer's input orders to verify that they are correct. It is estimated that there are several million possible configurations. The nature of the expert configuration system creates many similar configurations that are valid but different with each new internal configurator release. Detecting differences in configurations and

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determining if they are valid are a major part of verifying the 9370 configurator. To simplify this verification, the topology file, the raw output of the configurator, was formatted into a listing file which grouped the topology information into sections the expert could more easily review to determine what the configuration looked like (see Fig. 1). This listing file was modified several times over the course of the project to improve the presentation of the information and to include the other unformatted files in formatted form. All raw files were also included in the listing file, along with a program to extract them. This simplified the data management...