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Topdraw Topology Editor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000035716D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-28
Document File: 2 page(s) / 169K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, RG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

A program is disclosed that will take a topology data file representing either a 9370 or 9406 multi-rack processor configuration and graphically display the file (Fig. 1) on a 3270 graphic terminal, produce a report describing configuration, and assist in verifying the application used to produce the file. A menu-driven interface allows a user to display the topology file in graphic form or to browse any of the associated error, message, or report files that also contain information about a given configuration.

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Topdraw Topology Editor

A program is disclosed that will take a topology data file representing either a 9370 or 9406 multi-rack processor configuration and graphically display the file (Fig. 1) on a 3270 graphic terminal, produce a report describing configuration, and assist in verifying the application used to produce the file. A menu-driven interface allows a user to display the topology file in graphic form or to browse any of the associated error, message, or report files that also contain information about a given configuration.

Topdraw allows a user to draw configurations represented by a topology file (Fig. 2). A PF key-driven interface allows a user to draw or hide the various kinds of cables as well as pan, zoom, and create hardcopies of the picture. This application provides a one page, color-coded representation of the topology with appropriate device labelling. Although originally written for the 9370 processor, its table-driven design has allowed it to be used with the 9406 processor as well.

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In addition to providing a pictorial representation, it also produces a report which provides power loading in each rack, system memory, and a total of all rack-mounted units (Fig. 3).

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Topdraw has also served as an independent checker of the Hardware Placement and Connection Service which produces topology files. Checking functions include: Cabling Checks Physical fit checked for all cable families. Check for devices with require...