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Useful Method of Creating a Very Stressful Local Area Network Environment to Test IBM OS/2 LAN Servers

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000107636D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-22
Document File: 1 page(s) / 56K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Lin, C: AUTHOR

Abstract

This article describes a test method of creating a very stressful LAN environment for testing the server. A LAN normally is comprised of at least a server and several requesters (workstations). Each workstation might be installed as either a DOS LAN requester or an OS/2* requester. A server theoretically is able to support up to 250 requesters. Remote Initialization Program Load (RIPL) is one of the services provided by the server and facilitates the REMOTE BOOT of a requester. The requester may or may not have local media. A RIPL server means a server with Remote Boot service installed and enabled. A number of RIPL DOS requesters, rather than normal DOS requesters, are deployed in a LAN so that remote boot requests are generated and can be served by the RIPL server.

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Useful Method of Creating a Very Stressful Local Area Network Environment to Test IBM OS/2 LAN Servers

       This article describes a test method of creating a very
stressful LAN environment for testing the server.  A LAN normally is
comprised of at least a server and several requesters (workstations).
Each workstation might be installed as either a DOS LAN requester or
an OS/2* requester.  A server theoretically is able to support up to
250 requesters.  Remote Initialization Program Load (RIPL) is one of
the services provided by the server and facilitates the REMOTE BOOT
of a requester.  The requester may or may not have local media.  A
RIPL server means a server with Remote Boot service installed and
enabled.  A number of RIPL DOS requesters, rather than normal DOS
requesters, are deployed in a LAN so that remote boot requests are
generated and can be served by the RIPL server. The test is
implemented such that the remote boots are requested at about the
same time by all of the requesters. During remote boot process, there
is fierce competition for the shared resources on the RIPL server
(e.g., Files) by the RIPL requesters.  The server will be tested to
see if it can support the requesters in such a stressful situation.

      One implementation of the method is to first power up all RIPL
DOS requesters.  Each RIPL DOS requester will begin sending out
remote boot requests onto the LAN.  At this point the LAN is very
loaded with remote boot requests. Ne...