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Mount a Group of Media

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116124D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-30
Document File: 2 page(s) / 42K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Britton, TG: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

A group of media could be mounted to a specific Read/Write device in an automated library without host Mount/Demount commands.

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Mount a Group of Media

      A group of media could be mounted to a specific Read/Write
device in an automated library without host Mount/Demount commands.

      Individual pieces of removable media (tape volumes, for
example) can be regarded as part of a group (or category).  This
group can be named and assigned other attributes or characteristics.
It can be considered an ordered set or an unordered set.

      Mounting a group of media can be done with several variations.
It can imply mounting the first volume only, with remaining mounts
requiring a mount next type command.  It can imply mounting each
piece of media (sequentially or in random order) as the processing of
the previous volume completes.

      Mounting a group of media can be initiated from a host which is
attached through the device, from a host which has a separate library
control path, or from the library itself.

      When a Mounting A Group Of Media command is received, the
library manager builds a host like Mount command to mount the first
media in the group to the media processing device.  If first mount
only option is selected, the library manager stops and waits for host
commands or a cancellation command by the operator at the library
console.  If automatic mount option is selected, when the current
media in the media processing device is done processing, it is
automatically demounted.  At this time, there are two scenarios.  For
sequential mounting, the library manager...