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Multiple-Slot, Dual-Use Tape Library Convenience I/O Station Control

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000111663D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-26
Document File: 2 page(s) / 52K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Gallo, FD: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method for providing a single cartridge input/output station having multiple cells and serving for both the insertion and ejection of cartridges from an automated tape library. The use of the station for the purpose of inserting or ejecting cartridges is controlled by the system and does not require any user input, other than placing or removing cartridges from the station, to cause the insert or eject operation.

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Multiple-Slot, Dual-Use Tape Library Convenience I/O Station Control

      This article describes a method for providing a single
cartridge input/output station having multiple cells and serving for
both the insertion and ejection of cartridges from an automated tape
library.  The use of the station for the purpose of inserting or
ejecting cartridges is controlled by the system and does not require
any user input, other than placing or removing cartridges from the
station, to cause the insert or eject operation.

      The Figure shows a multi-slot (10 slots) input/output station
and its associated operator panel with I/O Status detailed in the
lower half of the panel.  When there are no cartridges in the I/O
station, the Input Mode and Output Mode LEDs are off, indicating the
station is available.  Should a user open the station door and place
a cartridge in the station, the Input Mode LED will go on indicating
that the station is an input station.  When the door is closed, the
automated library will get the cartridge(s) and store them in the
library, completing an insert operation.  This is done without any
additional user input other than placing a cartridge in the station
and closing the door.

      When an eject operation is required, the available station will
be locked and the automated library will place the targeted cartridge
into the station.  At this point in time, the output LED will turn
on, indicating the I/O station is in use as an output s...