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Merging Advanced Peer To Peer Networking and Subarea SNA Configuration into a Single Model

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111590D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 4 page(s) / 94K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allen, MO: AUTHOR [+8]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for merging configuration reports for networks of computer systems based upon the Advanced Peer-to-Peer Networking (APPN*) and SNA subarea architectures in a manner that permits coexistence of manager application programs with differing levels of support.

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Merging Advanced Peer To Peer Networking and Subarea SNA Configuration
into a Single Model

      Disclosed is a method for merging configuration reports for
networks of computer systems based upon the Advanced Peer-to-Peer
Networking (APPN*) and SNA subarea architectures in a manner that
permits coexistence of manager application programs with differing
levels of support.

      Faced with the need to report configuration information for two
very different network types, subarea SNA and APPN, the most obvious
direction was to create a separate model for each network type.
Networking products (agents) would implement the appropriate model,
either APPN or subarea or both, and would report that configuration
to the appropriate manager product.  But this simple approach would
cause usability and migration/coexistence problems for users.  Many
users have both subarea and APPN networks (not simply one or the
other) and these networks interconnect easily and present the
appearance of a single network.  A computer system in this
interconnected network might appear to be an APPN system from the
APPN side of the network, at the same time that it was also operating
as a subarea system.  A method was needed to allow the computer
system which was acting as both an APPN and a subarea system to
report to its manager both its APPN configuration and its subarea
configuration at the same time.

      However, the need arose for agents to support two levels of
manager application programs with differing capabilities, either APPN
only or mixed APPN and subarea.  An agent that is APPN-only has no
problem, since it can report exactly the same information to either
level of manager; however, agent systems supporting mixed
APPN/subarea networks needed to report an APPN-only view to the
APPN-only manager and a merged s...