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Logical Partition Validation Tool

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000125910D
Original Publication Date: 2005-Jun-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jun-22
Document File: 4 page(s) / 112K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

The logical partition validation tool (LVT) is a stand alone application that allows a user to dynamically place hardware parts for different partitions within a complex computer system for a particular operating system.

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Logical Partition Validation Tool

One complex computer system now supports a number of different operating systems. Because of the support for these operating systems, certain hardware parts are needed to be placed correctly to allow certain operating systems to run. Rules need to be read from hardware manuals on what hardware parts can go into valid slots. Since these rules are very complicated when configuring multiple operating system partitions, a tool was written to help a user place hardware parts within valid slots.

     There is software such as PartitionMagic* that will partition a systems disk drive on a personal computer. However, this disclosure looks at complex computer systems and verifies that a partition has valid hardware such as LAN connection, WAN connection, disk IOA, disk drive and CD/DVD ROM drive. Take note that PartitionMagic does not take into account other devices such as LAN connection devices, WAN connection devices, disk IOAs, etc.... PartitionMagic only takes into account the hard drive that is on a PC.

     The logical partition validation tool (LVT) will allow a customer to configure a complex computer system for a number of partitions with different operating systems such as Linux**, AIX and OS/400***. Since certain requirements are required to have a valid partition depending on the operating system, this tool will help the user understand what types of parts are needed to have a valid system. Since there are hundreds of different hardware parts that can be placed in certain slots for a particular system, this tool makes it easy for the user to understand what hardware parts can be added into valid slots.

     What is nice about this is that a customer can design their system with a number of partitions that have different operating systems. The output of this design can be sent into manufacturing who can physically add the parts from the output of the LVT.

     A number of placement instructions had to be understood within the past before this tool. The placement instructions are very complicated due to the different parts that are supported for certain operating systems. To understand all these rules on the vast number of parts needs high expertise. A tool like this allows a simple graphical user interface that will allow a customer to design a system and not have to go through the pain of understanding all of these rules.

     First of all, a user has to choose a mainfra...