Method to Allow Diagnostics Developed by a Third Party to Be Integrated Into Released Diagnostics
Original Publication Date: 1987-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-01
A method is described for use on the RT PC model of personal computers which permits Third Party Diagnostics to be executed from the IBM RT PC Diagnostic Package, which expedites the development of new devices. Third Party Diagnostics (TPD) can now be executed in privileged mode as an application of the RT PC Diagnostic Control Program (DCP). The Third Party Developer is given a virtual machine that operates in a mode usually associated with an operating system. In addition, the vendor is given the services of both the DCP and the Virtual Resource Manager (VRM). The DCP provides runtime support, terminal I/O, and device management. TPD can be executed before or after IBM diagnostics without restarting the machine.