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Method of Controlling Input/Output Devices in Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000238296D
Publication Date: 2014-Aug-15
Document File: 3 page(s) / 61K

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Abstract

Disclosed is a method for controlling the same input/output devices in a local network by several users without any intervention operation. When there are several input/output devices to be shared by several users in a local network, each user will wait his/her turn to operate the devices or must make an invervention by using a control program over the devices. In the former method, users cannot know when their jobs will be completed without monitoring the control program. In the latter method, users must operate the device control program by themselves to input necessary parameters. By using a new method, a supervisor controller installing a "device management program" is introduced, thereby all input/output devices in the local network will be controlled. Also, a "process request program" is installed in each user terminal in the network. When a user requests a operation job from the process request program, the supervisor controller will receive it. The device management program manages all input/output device, and will allocate the most suitable input/output device for that requested operation if it is idle. However, if it is not idle, then the device management program will suggest another same input/output device near the user or keep it the waiting status until available. According to this method users can select waiting operations or performing by another input/output devices. It provides more availability of devices effectively, and thus, users do not have to operate complicated programs. Also by this method, it becomes possible to give priority by users, which means it is possible to make faster the operations by higher priority users than those by lower priority users.

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Method of Controlling Input/Output Devices in Network

Disclosed is a method for controlling the same input/output devices in a local network by several users without any intervention operation.

When there are several input/output devices to be shared by several users in a local network, each user will wait his/her turn to operate the devices or must make an invervention by using a control program over the devices. In the former method, users cannot know when their jobs will be completed without monitoring the control program. In the latter method, users must operate the device control program by themselves to input necessary parameters.

By using a new method, a supervisor controller installing a "device management program" is introduced, thereby all input/output devices in the local network will be controlled. Also, a "process request program" is installed in each user terminal in the network.

When a user requests a operation job from the process request program, the supervisor controller will receive it. The device management program manages all input/output device, and will allocate the most suitable input/output device for that requested operation if it is idle. However, if it is not idle, then the device management program will suggest another same input/output device near the user or keep it the waiting status until available.

According to this method users can select waiting operations or performing by another input/output devices. It provides more availability of devices effectively, and thus, users do not have to operate complicated programs. Also by this method, it becomes possible to give priority by users, which means it is possible to make faster the operations by higher priority users than those by lower priority users.

Fig. 1 shows an example of two or more users using the same input devices and output devices, in which the supervisor controller are connected in the network. All input devices and output devices are shared by all users and managed by the supervisor controller. All of user terminals are installed "process request program" to request the operation job to the supervisor controller.

When a user wants to use an input or output device, he or she will send the request to the supervisor controller via the process request program. The "device management program" on the supervisor controller have the location information about all inpu...