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Applying OS/2 multi-thread function for former data processing and objects Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013330D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-18

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Brief description : A system is disclosed that the use of multi-threaded application is designed for high performanced image workflow system in client-server environment. The technique is design concept of thread model for client application programming which automates: (1) Retrieving queued work item, (2) Pre-loading work item data including images from DB2 database (BLOB) into local disk, (3) Showing the image data and character data to user to get user's verify on client PC. The key point of this image work flow system is the use of 'pull model' with the OS/2 multi-threading programming. While the user review/modify image and its character data, following data pre-loading is performed by sub-thread which we call pre-loading thread. The pre-loading thread attempts to read the image and character data until it reaches limit count. The pre-loading thread also attempts to 'check-out' work flow instances (WFIs) until it reaches the maximum WFI count. (WFI is like container for the work item which is managed by work flow management software which we call WFM in this article.) Using this technique, user can review/modify image and character data continuously with no-wait. System overview: The system consists of application database server, a workflow server, and client workstations. The application database server is a huge database server which contains image and its character data. The workflow server maintains entire workflow instances and provides file directory for each WFI. Figure 1 shows systems overview. As described in previous section, the WFI is kind of container for some of business work items. Figure 2 shows ER diagram to describe relationship between work item, WFI and WFM. A WFI has two states such as 'checked-in' and 'checked-out'. And the WFI is assigned to one user when it is 'checked-out'. This type of exclusive control is performed by WFM.