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IBM System/38 Alerts Disclosure Number: IPCOM000042459D
Original Publication Date: 1984-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-03

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Dickes, SM Fields, J Fosdick, EL Proulx, LF Tappon, ML [+details]


An alert, which is architected Systems Network Architecture (SNA) data, is used to inform a host system of an error condition detected by a Physical Unit (PU) and to provide enough information to do basic problem determination. The Network Problem Determination Aid (NPDA) at the host provides an interactive host operator interface to the alerts. The IBM System/38 alert contains the same text message as appears on the System/38. Thus, the host system operator and the System/38 operator have a common reference point for problem determination. Also, the System/38 operator is provided with extensive controls for turning the alert process on or off, for deciding which System/38 error messages will generate alerts, and for changing the message text sent within the alert.