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E-Mail System Gateway - Profs Information Exchange

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000100231D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 107K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bodoh, JM: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a system used to transmit mes- sages between two different E-mail Systems. The E-mail systems are known as PRofessional OFfice System (PROFS*) and Information Exchange (IE) and both run on large IBM mainframes.

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E-Mail System Gateway - Profs Information Exchange

       This article describes a system used to transmit mes-
sages between two different E-mail Systems.  The E-mail systems are
known as PRofessional OFfice System (PROFS*) and Information Exchange
(IE) and both run on large IBM mainframes.

      The IBM Information Network (IN) has a large number of both
PROFS and IE users.  It further has a large number of customer
systems at tached to its network which run PROFS on their internal
systems.  A typical user does not use both PROFS and IE but would
like to be able to communicate with users of the other E-mail systems
for purposes of exchanging messages and business documents.  Further,
users on customer PROFS systems would like to easily be able to
communicate with PROFS users on other systems (available software
supported this function but the administration of interconnection of
large numbers of customer systems was cumbersome).  The sending of
messages between the E-Mail systems should be as easy as possible to
users.

      The solution to this problem that was implemented at IBM IN was
the development of a gateway function between the E-Mail systems that
made the 'other' E-Mail system appear to be part of the users' E-Mail
system.  This implementation, which was called the "Message Handling
System" (MHS), exhibited the following unique characteristics: ; o
Users of each E-Mail system communicated as if the destina- tion of
their messages was within their own E-Mail system. This eliminates
the need for user education and does not place any constraints on
messages that are not inherent in their existing E-Mail system.
 o   Users of the E-Mail Gateway are known outside their own E-Mail
system by an eight character identification that is assigned by an
automated enrollment function built into the gateway. To register to
the gateway the end user need only send an E- Mail message to user
"REGISTER".
 o   Messages sent between E-Mail Systems appear to the receiver as
having originated from a user within their own E-Mail sys- tem.  This
allows existing reply and acknowledgement functions of the users
E-Mail system to function normally. Messages directed back to the
sender of a message through the E-Mail Gateway are d...