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Synchronizing and Controlling Multiple Workstation Test Tools

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000108839D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-23
Document File: 1 page(s) / 34K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Dyar, JR: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a system that overcomes the problems of synchronizing and controlling the testing of more than eight work-stations with the Solution Evaluation Tool (SET). This methodology allows operation of an unlimited number of workstations by SET with synchronized but independent keyboard and mouse input with the capture, verify and timing of the resulting response to the screen. (The Solutions Evaluation Tool was originally limited to testing input and response with eight work- stations.)

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Synchronizing and Controlling Multiple Workstation Test Tools

       Disclosed is a system that overcomes the problems of
synchronizing and controlling the testing of more than eight
work-stations with the Solution Evaluation Tool (SET).  This
methodology allows operation of an unlimited number of workstations
by SET with synchronized but independent keyboard and mouse input
with the capture, verify and timing of the resulting response to the
screen.  (The Solutions Evaluation Tool was originally limited to
testing input and response with eight work- stations.)

      The program to do this is SETNET.  It uses NETBIOS (An IBM
program product) to communicate from one primary SET PC to all the
SET controllers via the IBM Token Ring.  Two software programs are
used.  The first makes one PC a Token Ring Primary.  The second
program, installed in each of the SET controllers, makes them Token
Ring secondaries.

      The programs, working together, enable the primary SET system
to view the screen image or status of any of the SET screens.  The
primary SET can send a clock synchronizing command and then
keystrokes to any or all of the SET secondaries.  This synchronizes
all the SET tools with control at the one primary PC.

      The current implementation can test 792 work-stations at one
time and that number can be expanded to whatever is necessary.