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Synchronization of Memory Dumps to a Template

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000039177D
Original Publication Date: 1987-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Streicher, DD: AUTHOR

Abstract

This invention relates to a method for synchronizing memory dumps to a template. The template characterizes the dump in a data processing system. The method steps comprise (a) generating a concordance (common vector table, internal pointers) of the dumps and associated templates; and (b) concurrent with the dump, ascertaining the template and access path from the concordance and applying said template to the dump to cognitively process the dump contents. Data produced by a computer program for later processing is sometimes dependent on the release and maintenance level of the program that produced the data.

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Synchronization of Memory Dumps to a Template

This invention relates to a method for synchronizing memory dumps to a template. The template characterizes the dump in a data processing system. The method steps comprise (a) generating a concordance (common vector table, internal pointers) of the dumps and associated templates; and (b) concurrent with the dump, ascertaining the template and access path from the concordance and applying said template to the dump to cognitively process the dump contents. Data produced by a computer program for later processing is sometimes dependent on the release and maintenance level of the program that produced the data. Keeping a processing program for each possible level of data can be a large administrative problem if the producing program has many semi- independent subroutines which may be at different release or maintenance levels, if the analyzing program analyzes the data from more than one producing system (in either place or time), or if data must be processable for long periods of time after it is produced. There are cases where data is internal diagnostic data (memory storage dump) that is heavily dependent on internal control block structures. The internal structure is relatively dynamic and may change between releases and even between program maintenance levels. Such memory dump data has many of the preceding processing problems: the data contains substantial internal information that is release and maintainance dependent; the dump data is often used by central proble...