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9370 Expert System Configuration Rules

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035679D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 5 page(s) / 133K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Hinsdale, R: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

The 9370 Expert System Configurator is currently available worldwide to IBM marketing representatives. While participating with the customer it allows the marketing representative to configure a unique 9370 Processor system for the specific customer's needs. The configurator uses a set of computerized rules to generate the unique 9370 system in a matter of minutes. These rules represent the collective configuration knowledge for the 9370 system.

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9370 Expert System Configuration Rules

The 9370 Expert System Configurator is currently available worldwide to IBM marketing representatives. While participating with the customer it allows the marketing representative to configure a unique 9370 Processor system for the specific customer's needs. The configurator uses a set of computerized rules to generate the unique 9370 system in a matter of minutes. These rules represent the collective configuration knowledge for the 9370 system.

The advantage is unlimited configuration for the four models of the 9370. This includes direct access storage device (DASD) string configuration, Communication subsystem configuration, busing of the processor, memory, all integrated I/O processor and adapter cards, and bus extensions, racking and cabling of all devices, processors, card cages, and assignment of initial 370 addresses. Previous 370 processors did not allow this unlimited configuration capability. This capability is provided by a knowledge base of rules for each of the expert system configurator subsystems that work together to provide a minimum cost solution for a customer's order. The 9370 family of processors are new multi-rack processor systems with integrated I/O which are uniquely configured for each specific customer application. The family consists of four unique models, the models 20, 40, 60, and 90. Each 9370 model has the capability of supporting different amounts of I/O and each has different configuration and performance character

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istics. There are two sizes of racks that provide horizontal growth as DASD and tape units are added. One or more card cage expansions are available to house I/O controllers and adapters for DASD, tape, workstations, and communication. I/O controllers and adapters are in non-fixed card sockets to allow for maximum configuration flexibility. I/O controllers are provided for rack- mounted DASD and tape as well as external 370 channel-attached devices. The configurations are generated with an expert system configuration and a rules knowledge base that represents the collective configuration knowledge for the 9370 system.

The major areas that are configured are: disk (DASD) and tape storage devices, I/O processor cards (IOPs) and adapters (IOAs), busing of the memory, processor, IOP and IOA cards, racking, power and cabling of the rack-mounted devices, communications, and 370 addresses.

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The configurator is used both by IBM marketing and manufacturing. The job of the configurator is to process a customer's input order request for processor model, memory, DASD and tape, communications lines, and workstations. It determines all the components that are essential for the system to be accurately priced by marketing. These components are also placed and connected in an efficient manner so that the system can be manufactured or upgraded in the field. Manufacturing uses the configurator to verify that the orders are correct as or...