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Loadable Configuration Determination Modules in a Diagnostic Expert System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000060040D
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Document File: 1 page(s) / 12K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Karner, FA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

A flexible and adaptable procedure is described for determining the hardware configuration of a Computer System that is being diagnosed by an Expert System. The procedure employs a Configuration Determination Module (CDM) which is an executable module that resides on the Stand-alone Diagnostics Diskette (SDD). The purpose of the CDM is to build an entry in the Configuration Table for each instance that the non-adapter feature card or adapter port corresponding to its associated feature type is encountered in the system. Additionally, for adapter ports, a Define Device Structure is also created. Every feature type, be it a non-adapter card or adapter that is configured in the system, is represented by its own unique Configuration Determination Module in order that the Configuration Table be properly built.

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Loadable Configuration Determination Modules in a Diagnostic Expert System

A flexible and adaptable procedure is described for determining the hardware configuration of a Computer System that is being diagnosed by an Expert System. The procedure employs a Configuration Determination Module (CDM) which is an executable module that resides on the Stand-alone Diagnostics Diskette (SDD). The purpose of the CDM is to build an entry in the Configuration Table for each instance that the non-adapter feature card or adapter port corresponding to its associated feature type is encountered in the system. Additionally, for adapter ports, a Define Device Structure is also created. Every feature type, be it a non-adapter card or adapter that is configured in the system, is represented by its own unique Configuration Determination Module in order that the Configuration Table be properly built. If the Configuration Table is inaccurate, then the presence of a non-represented feature will be invisible to the Supervisor and thus will not be tested. In order to have any optional feature added to the system represented in the Configuration Table, only its Loadable power on system test (POST) and configuration (CDM) modules must be included in the Stand-alone Diagnostics Diskette. Since a great deal of system information is derived from the Configuration Table, much of the maintenance or Engineering Change work could be achieved by re-releasing CDMs without impacting any of the Diagno...