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Intelligent Workstation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000037346D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-29
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Harian, AM: AUTHOR

Abstract

One desirable objective in the workstation control art is the capability to operate an intelligent workstation from a remote location. A cooperative processing application is one that functions at two or more physical computer locations at the same time. An application which is split between a main frame computer and an intelligent workstation is an example of such an application. The two parts of the application, each executing in different machines, cooperate intelligently to perform the overall intended function of the application.

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Intelligent Workstation

One desirable objective in the workstation control art is the capability to operate an intelligent workstation from a remote location. A cooperative processing application is one that functions at two or more physical computer locations at the same time. An application which is split between a main frame computer and an intelligent workstation is an example of such an application. The two parts of the application, each executing in different machines, cooperate intelligently to perform the overall intended function of the application.

A remote operator application is defined as an application which executes unattended in a computer and uses input received from a communication interface to operate the machine in the same manner that a human operator would. In other words, in the case of an intelligent workstation, such as the IBM 3270 PC, the operator has access to the network connected to the workstation, and the network, in turn, provides input commands to the remote operator.

Referring to the drawing, there is illustrated in simplified block form a graphic representation of a remote operator structure. The network(s), one or more, could be of any type, e.g., VM, PC network, etc., and the participating nodes may be of any size, i.e., mainframes, mini-computers, or micro-computers. The IBM 3270 PC can be easily applied to the remote operator application depicted in the drawing since it is programmable and has a built-in network interface t...