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Method of Preserving Context Between Session of the ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager Modelling Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117822D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 95K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Cabrera, LF: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is the means and method to describe an entire ADSTAR Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) configuration from a text input file, or a Graphical User Interface (GUI) based on connected icons representing the clients, networks and server. The novelty is also the means and method to convert the icon-based representation of an ADSM installation to a text-based syntax, and the text-based syntax back into an icon-based representation.

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Method of Preserving Context Between Session of the ADSTAR Distributed
Storage Manager Modelling Tool

      Disclosed is the means and method to describe an entire ADSTAR
Distributed Storage Manager (ADSM) configuration from a text input
file, or a Graphical User Interface (GUI) based on connected icons
representing the clients, networks and server.  The novelty is also
the means and method to convert the icon-based representation of an
ADSM installation to a text-based syntax, and the text-based syntax
back into an icon-based representation.

      The ADSM Capacity Planner allows a user to run estimates for
ADSM backup performance.  These estimates are computed based on a
configuration of the system.  The system configuration consists of
the values of all the user parameters for each component in the
installation (clients, networks, gateways, server), and also the
connections between them, i.e., which client is connected to which
network, and which network to which gateway.

      The crux of this invention consists of the means and method of
specifying the user-defined model parameters in the command line and
GUI versions of the ADSM Capacity Planner in such a way that it is
sufficient to recreate the entire system configuration for
installations for multiple types of servers, where multiple types of
clients can be connected to a network, multiple network types can be
connected to a gateway, and multiple gateway types can be connected
to the server.

      The crux of this invention is also a means and method to
record, preserve and restore the description of the configuration of
an ADSM system being modeled using the GUI version of the ADSM
Capacity Planner.  At a future time, the user may recall this saved
description by using this file as input for a model specification
when prompted by the ADSM Capacity Planner.  The invention further
allows sending this description to another user, using the ADSM
Capacity Planner in another physical location.  The descriptions are
also interchangeable between ADSM Capacity Planner versions running
on different platforms (AIX* and OS/2*).  The same description input
file can be used from the command line of the ADSM Capacity Planner
or from the GUI.

      The configuration is specified through the GUI by dragging
icons from a template into a work area, configuring them and
connecting them.  The template has icons for the ser...