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Data Sharing for Cooperative Processing in Heterogeneous Environment

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000122119D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Nov-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-04
Document File: 2 page(s) / 74K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Fleming, PJ: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

This invention implements an "Installable" File System (IFS) on a midrange computer system allowing multiple and diverse file systems to be added to that midrange computer. This enables the midrange to integrate into computing environments that were foreign and incompatible before. Once integrated, cooperative applications can be introduced that use consistent and compatible file systems for sharing data and information between heterogeneous computers.

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Data Sharing for Cooperative Processing in Heterogeneous Environment

      This invention implements an "Installable" File System
(IFS) on a midrange computer system allowing multiple and diverse
file systems to be added to that midrange computer.  This enables the
midrange to integrate into computing environments that were foreign
and incompatible before. Once integrated, cooperative applications
can be introduced that use consistent and compatible file systems for
sharing data and information between heterogeneous computers.

      The problem of incompatible file systems in heterogeneous
environments is solved by this invention by applying the concept of
'Installable' File Systems (IFS) to heterogeneous computers.  An IFS
allows multiple and diverse file systems to be added to a computing
system allowing that computing system to integrate into computing
environments that were foreign and incompatible before.

      The concept of an IFS was introduced for the personal computer
environment with Operating System/2* (OS/2*) allowing personal
computers to attach unique devices and to communicate with the IBM
LAN Server and Application System/400* (AS/400*) Shared Folders.

      This invention implements an IFS on a midrange computer
allowing new file systems to be added to the midrange computer.  The
IFS is called the Hierarchical File System (HFS) and was implemented
on the AS/400.  As a result of implementing an IFS on the AS/400, a
file system compatible with heterogeneous computing systems has been
enabled.  For example, HFS provides AS/400 applications with a file
system managing folders and documents which allows integration with
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