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Representation of IBM 9370 Configuration Information

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000034708D
Original Publication Date: 1989-Apr-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27

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Arnold, VD Johnson, RJ Kavajecz, K Roscoe, GS [+details]


The IBM 9370 Processor is a multi-rack processor which is configured for each specific customer order. The configurations are generated by an expert system configurator called Hardware Placement and Connection Service (HP&CS). HP&CS uses a knowledge base of rules generated by a team of 9370 configuration experts. The rules in the knowledge base and the HP&CS configurator are then tested, with test cases which represent customer's input orders to verify that they are correct. It is estimated that there are several million possible configurations. The nature of the expert configuration system creates many similar configurations that are valid but different with each new internal configurator release.