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Graphical User Interface Design of the Imply Panel in LAN Server Specialist

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000115211D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Mar-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 70K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Huang, G: AUTHOR [+4]

Abstract

This disclosure addresses the Graphical User Interface (GUI) design of the imply relationship panel of the Knowledge Base Editor for the Local Area Network (LAN) Server Specialist (LSS) system. The LAN Server Specialist system is a problem determination tool for IBM* LAN Server 3.0 and 4.0*. It analyzes and correlates the error messages issued by LAN Servers and LAN Requesters in real-time, and reports possible causes and recommended actions.

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Graphical User Interface Design of the Imply Panel in LAN Server
Specialist

      This disclosure addresses the Graphical User Interface (GUI)
design of the imply relationship panel of the Knowledge Base Editor
for the Local Area Network (LAN) Server Specialist (LSS) system.  The
LAN Server Specialist system is a problem determination tool for IBM*
LAN Server 3.0 and 4.0*.  It analyzes and correlates the error
messages issued by LAN Servers and LAN Requesters in real-time, and
reports possible causes and recommended actions.

      The Knowledge Base Editor is a part of LSS, which provides a
way for users to edit messages, causes, actions and the relationship
between them.  The knowledge entered by the users is used by the
inference engine for real-time problem determination.

      One panel is needed to edit the imply relationship between
causes.  A cause C1 "implies" another cause C2 if C1 is more specific
than C2.  For instance, if C2 is "The server on machine X is down",
and C1 is "Machine X is down", then we can say that C1 implies C2.
The implied cause is ignored during the problem determination
process.  What needs to be considered in the imply relationship
includes:
  1.  There can be more than one causes implied by a cause;
  2.  There can be more than one causes which implies a cause;
  3.  The relationship of variables between causes needs to be
       specified;
  4.  The condition of the imply relationship needs to be specified.

      For a cause to be edited, there are two pages in the cause
notebook, one for "implying", one for "implied", as shown in Fig. 1.
                      Implying Relationship
  Implying-cause                              Implied-cause-ID-list
  Implying-cause-variables                    Ddd/Delete/Undo
  Implied-cause
  Implied-cause-variables      ...