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Architecture for a Graphic Network Topology Interface

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000116727D
Original Publication Date: 1995-Oct-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 4 page(s) / 204K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Jones, TL: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the general structure 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 iconic representation of structure and relationships of objects.

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Architecture for a Graphic Network Topology Interface

      Disclosed is the general structure 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 iconic
representation of structure and relationships of objects.

      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.  See the Figure for an example of the Graphic Network
Topology Interface.

      The graphical user interface is designed using a standard set
of direct manipulation controls.  The controls are:
  Network Templates    - providing default values for network
                          object registration
  Work Area            - providing graphical representation of
                          structure and relationships among objects
  Network Objects      - providing iconic representation of a TCPIP
                          network or subnet
  Connection Routes    - providing iconic representation of a TCPIP
                          communication route
  Actions
      Help             - providing contextual help on objects
      Notebook         - providing parameter settings for objects
      Connect          - providing registration of a connection route
                          between network objects
      Disconnect       - providing deregistration of a connection
                          route between network objects
      Relate           - providing information about machines located
                          on a network object
  Displays
      Large Icons      - providing iconic represent...