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Means of Configuring Cables for a Computer System

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107579D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 65K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Elshaug, RG: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is an application program called the Profile Driven Cabling Subsystem (PDCS), which determines the type and configuration of cables required to connect the components of a computer system being ordered by a customer. The program has been generalized so that as new releases of the system being configured are offered, it will undergo very little change. The changes required by new releases will appear in a profile as simple record entries, rather than changes to the program's code. The profile contains all the cabling possibilities for the system being configured as described by a set of rules. 1. Profile - The data file that contains all the cabling information for the system. The profile contains different record structures, with each structure corresponding to the different types of cables. 2.

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Means of Configuring Cables for a Computer System

       Disclosed is an application program called the Profile
Driven Cabling Subsystem (PDCS), which determines the type and
configuration of cables required to connect the components of a
computer system being ordered by a customer. The program has been
generalized so that as new releases of the system being configured
are offered, it will undergo very little change.  The changes
required by new releases will appear in a profile as simple record
entries, rather than changes to the program's code.  The profile
contains all the cabling possibilities for the system being
configured as described by a set of rules.
1.   Profile - The data file that contains all the cabling
information for the system.  The profile contains different record
structures, with each structure corresponding to the different types
of cables.
2.   CBLMGR - Reads in the profile and controls the flow of the
program.
3.   Each section on the right-hand side of the figure represents a
module in the program.  These different modules determine the
different types of cables used.
      - CBLPWR - Attaches the power cables.
      - CBLDFC - Attaches the device functional controller interface
and small computer system interface cables.
      - CBLSEQ - Attaches the rack-to-rack power sequence cables.
      - CBLA2B - Attaches cables to special devices and cards.
 - CBLBTA - Attaches cables to special devices and cards.
4.   D...