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Object Model for a Graphic Network Topology Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116676D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 206K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the object model for a graphical user interface application to support the registration of a network topology using a standard set of direct manipulation controls. Unique is organization of objects in the interface and the use of drag and drop and iconic representation of networks and TCPIP communication routes to allow registration of a network topology.

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Object Model for a Graphic Network Topology Interface

      Disclosed is the object model for a graphical user interface
application to support the registration of a network topology using a
standard set of direct manipulation controls.  Unique is organization
of objects in the interface and the use of drag and drop and iconic
representation of networks and TCPIP communication routes to allow
registration of a network topology.

      In order to install an AIX* machine over a network, systems
administrators need to be able to specify the network topology
connecting the source and target machines.  A graphical user
interface
can facilitate this task by providing views and organization of the
information that more closely match the real world relationships than
a nongraphical interface.  This is especially true for AIX and other
UNIX** derivative operating systems.  The Figure is an example of the
Graphic Network Topology Interface.

      The graphical user interface is designed using an object model
to represent networks and the communication routes between them.  The
objects are presented within a work area, and are located according
to user placement.  This allows the user to construct a meaningful
picture of the network topology.  The objects are:

      The Network object represents a TCPIP network or subnet.  The
Network object has three subtypes, corresponding to three different
physical network types: Ethernet, Token Ring and FDDI.  A network
object can be placed by the...