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Read Workstation Vital Product Data in Non-Twinax Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000114292D
Original Publication Date: 1994-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-28
Document File: 4 page(s) / 85K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Eide, CS: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Described is a design to provide an architected method of gathering vital product data for workstation devices attached to AS/400* in a non-twinax environment with minimum impact on network utilization.

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Read Workstation Vital Product Data in Non-Twinax Environment

      Described is a design to provide an architected method of
gathering vital product data for workstation devices attached to
AS/400* in a non-twinax environment with minimum impact on network
utilization.

      In the twinax environment, each device will report it's vital
product data to the AS/400 when requested.  This design defines a
structure that can be used by any networked devices to report their
vital product data (Fig. 1).

      The following structure was invented to gather vital product
data from devices that need to establish connections with AS/400.

      Up to 28 bytes of header information may be reported with this
vital product data package, which should be sufficient for most
network protocols.  The usage of the header field is dependent upon
the network protocol chosen.

      The 2-byte software version field is most useful when matching
an emulator program running on the device with the program running on
the AS/400.

      The unit address of the device is really not part of the vital
product data package from the device.  Rather, this field should be
kept blank and used by the AS/400 program to assign a unique unit
address for each device.

      The port and switch setting field is the same as unit address
and should also be left blank by the emulator program on the device.

      The rest of the package consists of different fields necessary
for AS...