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Architecture for a Graphic Storage Management Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000113901D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-27
Document File: 4 page(s) / 302K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Bowman, M: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is an architecture for a graphical user interface application that is composed of a standard set of building blocks to support logical volume management (data storage). This visual structure may be used by any systems manager or user to define and manage volume groups, logical volumes, or file systems.

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Architecture for a Graphic Storage Management Interface

      Disclosed is an architecture for a graphical user interface
application that is composed of a standard set of building blocks to
support logical volume management (data storage).  This visual
structure may be used by any systems manager or user to define and
manage volume groups, logical volumes, or file systems.

      The architecture for the storage management interface may be
described as object-based with focus on direct manipulation.  The
user will be able to perform the majority of the system commands by
the direct manipulation of screen objects via a mouse or other
control device.  These objects are contained in a window reserved
exclusively for storage management tasks.  Systems managers or users
are able to utilize a visual structure to manage volume group,
logical volume or file system definition and management, as well as
perform specific tasks on those objects.

      The architecture of this graphical user interface is defined
using a standard set of building blocks:  one that is common to other
visual systems management applications, one set that is unique.
  1.  Common Building Blocks:  Template Area, Actions Area, Work
      Area, Information Area, View and Display Areas, and
      navigation button area.  These elements provide a consistent
      look and feel across Visual Systems Management applications.
  2.  Unique Building Blocks:  The user interface building blocks
      that are specific to the graphic storage management
      interface are the storage objects and actions provided.  The
      following are these elements:

TEMPLATES
  o  File System templates--providing default sets of values for
     file system definition determined dynamically by user
     selection;
  o  Logical Volume templates--providing default sets of values
     for logical volume definition determined dynamically by user
     selection;
  o  Volume Group templates--providing default sets of values for
     volume group definition determined dynamically by user
     selection.

      Template icons exist in a template area of the window.  Each
template represents a set of characteristics for a class of objects.
The architecture provides an easy way for the user to repetitively
create file systems, logical volumes, and volume groups using...