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Drill Down Regrouping Design for the Massive Node Server Status Monitor

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000109709D
Original Publication Date: 1992-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-24
Document File: 3 page(s) / 135K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Chang, DY: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a drill-down design that allows regrouping to change the organizational structure for presenting nodes in the status monitor of a massive-node system. When the status monitor presents status data in groups, each group presentation shows the status data of a group of nodes. However, the groupings do not always reflect the user's current interest in the best way. Although the user may change the grouping rules to reorganize the groups dynamically, it is very difficult to specify a set of grouping rules that can exactly meet the user's needs in every respect from time to time. From the user's perspective, the nodes that require further investigation are usually scattered in several groups. Also, the user usually discovers that only a subset of nodes in a group require further investigation.

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Drill Down Regrouping Design for the Massive Node Server Status Monitor

       Disclosed is a drill-down design that allows regrouping
to change the organizational structure for presenting nodes in the
status monitor of a massive-node system.  When the status monitor
presents status data in groups, each group presentation shows the
status data of a group of nodes.  However, the groupings do not
always reflect the user's current interest in the best way.  Although
the user may change the grouping rules to reorganize the groups
dynamically, it is very difficult to specify a set of grouping rules
that can exactly meet the user's needs in every respect from time to
time.  From the user's perspective, the nodes that require further
investigation are usually scattered in several groups.  Also, the
user usually discovers that only a subset of nodes in a group require
further investigation.  Therefore, it is more reasonable to allow the
user to fine tune the grouping organization without regrouping the
entire system.

      This user interface design is based on the drill-down concept
that a user can further examine a subset of objects in a specific
group.  When the user views the status data of a group of nodes, the
user should have better understanding about the next step to carry
out the status investigation.  Then, the user can select a subset of
nodes in the group for more detailed analysis using the following
techniques:
(1)  The user can use the extended-selection technique to click on
the cells to be included in the subset.  However, this method is not
so convenient when the subset should include many nodes.
(2)  The user can bring up a dialog box to specify the conditions for
searching the subset. The base for the search condition may include:
topological relationships, node attribute values, and traffic counts
between nodes.

      According to the specified conditions, the original group will
be divided into two subgroups: the searched and the remaining.  A
child window on top of the original window is created to display the
status data of the nodes in the searched subgroup.  For the
convenience of discussion, the child window will be referenced as the
searched window and the parent window as the original window.  In the
original window, the status data of the searched subgroup are
displayed in grey to indicate they are highlighted in the searched
window.  The searched window can be dragged to another place on the
screen for better viewing.  An action to close the original window
will also close the searched window.  However, at this time the
searched subgroup is only a temporary group.  There is no entry in
the group accessing user interface, which provides handles for
accessing original windows in the system, for the searched subgroup
yet. The searched subgroup is considered as an attachment to its
original group.

      Whenever the user accesses the original group, the status
monitor will bring up bo...