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Method and Apparatus to Interrogate and Report Shared Resources

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000110965D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 44K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

The workstation user frequently needs to be able to determine the current usage of a particular shared resource. This is true of resources, such as files, on the user's own workstation, which are shared by applications running on that workstation. It is also true of resources, such as disk drives on the server, which are shared by multiple LAN requester machines in a token-ring environment. For example, suppose a user on a LAN requester is preparing to leave his/her workstation for the day. This user normally does a disk backup to the server drive every day, which takes between 5 and 15 minutes, depending upon the load on the server. Today, the user only has 10 minutes before he/she must leave.

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Method and Apparatus to Interrogate and Report Shared Resources

      The workstation user frequently needs to be able to determine
the current usage of a particular shared resource.  This is true of
resources, such as files, on the user's own workstation, which are
shared by applications running on that workstation.  It is also true
of resources, such as disk drives on the server, which are shared by
multiple LAN requester machines in a token-ring environment.  For
example, suppose a user on a LAN requester is preparing to leave
his/her workstation for the day.  This user normally does a disk
backup to the server drive every day, which takes between 5 and 15
minutes, depending upon the load on the server.  Today, the user only
has 10 minutes before he/she must leave.  The user would like to be
able to determine how busy the server drive is, in order to tell
whether a backup would have time to complete in 10 minutes.  However,
there is no way to tell how busy the shared drive is.

      This system allows the user to select a particular resource and
initiate the Show Resource Access (SRA) function.  The system then
determines which applications or LAN requesters are currently
accessing that resource, and a report is displayed to the user
showing the names of the domain, requesters, and applications
currently using that resource, as well as DASD access and CPU load
usage (both calculated as an average during the last minute).

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