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Multiple Granularity Network Representation

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120437D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 1 page(s) / 43K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Molnar, MJ: AUTHOR [+3]

Abstract

Disclosed is a program which aids the user in organizing graphical data. Specifically, the program is used to reduce the amount of screen space required to graphically depict a network. The key concept contained in the program is that of a user-defined group. A user-defined group is a connected subset of nodes in a network. By depicting the connected subset as a single icon with connections to appropriate entities which are not contained in the subset, a user can easily organize on-screen data by alternately 'exploding' (changing from group to singular form) and 'imploding' (changing from singular to group form) nodes in the network. By allowing imploded user-defined groups to be clustered together in the same manner as individual entities, the flexibility of the program is further enhanced. Figure 1 shows a sample network.

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Multiple Granularity Network Representation

      Disclosed is a program which aids the user in organizing
graphical data.  Specifically, the program is used to reduce the
amount of screen space required to graphically depict a network.  The
key concept contained in the program is that of a user-defined group.
A user-defined group is a connected subset of nodes in a network.  By
depicting the connected subset as a single icon with connections to
appropriate entities which are not contained in the subset, a user
can easily organize on-screen data by alternately 'exploding'
(changing from group to singular form) and 'imploding' (changing from
singular to group form) nodes in the network.  By allowing imploded
user-defined groups to be clustered together in the same manner as
individual entities, the flexibility of the program is further
enhanced.  Figure 1 shows a sample network.  Figure 2 shows a sample
network with Server 2 and clients as an imploded user-defined group.
Figure 3 shows a figure with all groups imploded. Dotted lines denote
logical connections, or connections to groups. Groups are larger than
entities.

      With this design, a much more concise representation of a
network may be displayed, without any loss of information. Therefore,
a more organized, spacious display is realized.

      Disclosed anonymously.