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IBM System/38 Alerts

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042459D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03
Document File: 2 page(s) / 48K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dickes, SM: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

An alert, which is architected Systems Network Architecture (SNA) data, is used to inform a host system of an error condition detected by a Physical Unit (PU) and to provide enough information to do basic problem determination. The Network Problem Determination Aid (NPDA) at the host provides an interactive host operator interface to the alerts. The IBM System/38 alert contains the same text message as appears on the System/38. Thus, the host system operator and the System/38 operator have a common reference point for problem determination. Also, the System/38 operator is provided with extensive controls for turning the alert process on or off, for deciding which System/38 error messages will generate alerts, and for changing the message text sent within the alert.

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IBM System/38 Alerts

An alert, which is architected Systems Network Architecture (SNA) data, is used to inform a host system of an error condition detected by a Physical Unit (PU) and to provide enough information to do basic problem determination. The Network Problem Determination Aid (NPDA) at the host provides an interactive host operator interface to the alerts. The IBM System/38 alert contains the same text message as appears on the System/38. Thus, the host system operator and the System/38 operator have a common reference point for problem determination. Also, the System/38 operator is provided with extensive controls for turning the alert process on or off, for deciding which System/38 error messages will generate alerts, and for changing the message text sent within the alert. These unique features are a result of incorporating alerts into the architecture of System/38. An error condition results in an error message 1 of the drawing, which is routed to its proper destination by the message handler 2 according to parameters in the associated message description. The message handler 2 also routes the error message to the alert manager 3 if the message description ALERID parameter is other than *NONE and if the 'ALERT BIT' is on. The System/38 operator can turn the alert bit on and off by the Change Network Attributes (CHGNETA) command 6 and can change the ALERID parameter (to any valid alert ID) by the Change Message Description (CHGMSGD) command
5. The al...