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IBM 9370 Configurator Knowledge Base Upgrade Rules

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035173D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 13K

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IBM

Related People

Hinsdale, R: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

The IBM 9370 Upgrade Knowledge Base Rules in this article have been implemented for the "Add Only, Minimal Movement Option" of the 9370 Expert System Configurator Release 2. The rule-base governs the upgrade actions to accomplish the 9370 upgrade without undue card or unit movement and to minimize the upgrade cost.

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IBM 9370 Configurator Knowledge Base Upgrade Rules

The IBM 9370 Upgrade Knowledge Base Rules in this article have been implemented for the "Add Only, Minimal Movement Option" of the 9370 Expert System Configurator Release 2. The rule-base governs the upgrade actions to accomplish the 9370 upgrade without undue card or unit movement and to minimize the upgrade cost.

An upgrade or MES, as defined in this article is the addition of items to a customer's installed configuration. Both the installed configuration and the resulting configuration are the same 9370 Model. It is this set of upgrade configuration rules that define the procedure and resulting configuration for a 9370 upgrade request.

There are several advantages gained by the use of the upgrade rule-base expert system configurator.

Upgrades or MESs to initial 9370 orders are configured by the 9370 Configurator with a consistent set of rules for each upgrade. Each initial 9370 order is a possibly different configuration, and these different configurations can all be upgraded with a different upgrade request. The configurator rules are applied in a consistent, automated manner to create the upgrade for each unique upgrade situation.

Previously upgrade requests were a manual effort and limited to fixed configurations. With the 9370 upgrade configurator and the upgrade rules manual effort is required only to create the upgrade request. An almost unlimited upgrade capability is provided to an unlimited number of initial order configurations.

The upgrade rules are designed to keep as much of the customer's initial configurations, as possible, the same and only move the minimum amount of installed parts. This is to reduce customer down time for the upgrade and also reduce the labor cost of the upgrade. Within the constraint of minimum movement, the minimum parts cost for the upgrade is then formed...