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Editor Facilities for Small Laboratory Automation Computers Operating in a Virtual Machine Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000081715D
Original Publication Date: 1974-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-28
Document File: 3 page(s) / 57K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Guido, AA: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

In a proposed technique for laboratory automation, a small automation computer acts as a master station that communicates with a host system virtual machine. Within the small computer, one or more users are performing laboratory automation or process control tasks. In response to user demand, data are transferred between the small automation computer and the user's VM file space via a slave virtual machine. Additionally, the user may request execution of a user host program in his own separate virtual machine.

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Editor Facilities for Small Laboratory Automation Computers Operating in a Virtual Machine Environment

In a proposed technique for laboratory automation, a small automation computer acts as a master station that communicates with a host system virtual machine. Within the small computer, one or more users are performing laboratory automation or process control tasks. In response to user demand, data are transferred between the small automation computer and the user's VM file space via a slave virtual machine. Additionally, the user may request execution of a user host program in his own separate virtual machine.

Within the purview of such technique, as many virtual machines can be operational as there are small automation computer users. Each user virtual machine is given equal time slices. In the normal multiprogramming environment of the laboratory automation computers, a user is assigned a priority and thus may receive substantially less service than others. Additionally, much greater resources are made available to each user.

The salient element in such technique is the unique use of the virtual machine environment. Thus, the experimenter need no longer require large stand-alone computer systems with their attendant array of peripheral devices. Instead, small, intelligent microcomputers may be used to service the realtime experimental events, with the host virtual machine providing access to a large data base and a more powerful CPU for data analysis.

In the foregoing described technique, the user is at present handicapped by the different terminals required for his application. He controls large-scale data evaluation, program editing, assembly, compilation and load preparation from an appropriate terminal. He moves to a small laboratory automation computer, when starting his experiment control with the above-described technique. Thus, two keyboards are required in order to process one laboratory application task.

In another proposed technique, the suppor...