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Host-Based Initiation and Analysis of PC-Driven Tests

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000105469D
Original Publication Date: 1993-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 81K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Greer, TD: AUTHOR

Abstract

Disclosed is a method to facilitate host-based initiation and analysis of PC-driven tests. Three communications programs interact to first tell the workstation what tests to run, and then send results files to a designated host USERID. No host USERID (except those which may be being tested) need be logged on during the actual testing. For a specific implementation, the host system may be IBM* and the workstation may be running OS/2*.

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Host-Based Initiation and Analysis of PC-Driven Tests

      Disclosed is a method to facilitate host-based initiation and
analysis of PC-driven tests.  Three communications programs interact
to first tell the workstation what tests to run, and then send
results files to a designated host USERID.  No host USERID (except
those which may be being tested) need be logged on during the actual
testing.  For a specific implementation, the host system may be IBM*
and the workstation may be running OS/2*.

      The three communications programs used consist of two programs
on the host (generally run in separate USERIDs) and one on the
workstation.  The workstation runs a multi-tasking operating system
such as OS/2.  Communications can be by PWSCS/ISFC or a similar
facility.  The first host program uses the Common Programming
Interface for Communications (CPIC) to connect to a private resource
on the target workstation.  The private resource is the workstation
program.  The host program transmits data (using CPIC) to the
workstation program concerning which tests to run, a USERID at
HOSTNAME to send the results to, and test-specific information such
as what test USERIDs to use, passwords, etc.  The workstation program
then starts the tests and uses the conversation with the host program
to tell the host program that the test is started, or that starting
the test failed.  Additional information such as the sessions being
used for the test or the apparent reason for the failure of the tests
to start may also be transmitted.  The host program terminates at
this point, and the user is free to go on to other work, or to log
off.

      The workstation program now executes the tests.  Test results
are accumulated in a file on the workstation.  When the test is
complete, the workstation program connects, again using CPIC, to a
private server on a host system.  The workstation program reads the
result...