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Automated Testing of Maintenance Procedures

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000099263D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-14
Document File: 2 page(s) / 54K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Juravsky, LB: AUTHOR

Abstract

A method and apparatus to automate test procedures verify the performance of Maintenance Analysis (MAPs) are described.

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Automated Testing of Maintenance Procedures

       A method and apparatus to automate test procedures verify
the performance of Maintenance Analysis (MAPs) are described.

      When a hardware product is developed, a diagnostic tool created
to enable convenient servicing of the product to defective
components.  This tool is frequently the MAP.  After the MAP is
written, it must be by testing.

      For example, the following procedure is used to test a
1. Simulate a defect (bug) on the product by grounding,
   floating or tying high a component pin or a signal on
   the circuit board of the type of hardware product that
   will eventually be tested by the MAP.
2. Run the MAP after each bug is introduced.
3. Check to see if the MAP found any problem with the
   product.
4. If a problem was detected, verify that it was the
   correct problem.  If not, log the matter for future
   correction of the MAP.
5. Repeat the above procedure for all possible bugs.

      This procedure is quite cumbersome and time-consuming.  It
possible to automate the testing of MAPS and to the necessity for
building special tools for each new and increase the testability of
MAPs as follows:

      A PC driving a bug simulation black box could be used to bugs
of circuit boards for the product to be tested the MAP.  As the PC
controlled the simulated bugs on the board, it would control the MAP
as the MAP exercised bugged circuit board and record the responses of...