Method for Managing Task-Related Resources in a Multi-Tasking Workstation
Original Publication Date: 1984-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-05
By associating resources used by multiple tasks within an activity with the activity itself, a workstation can perform inter-task resource management for a user, and be made easier and more natural to use. Current multi-tasking keyboard/display computer workstations associate resources with each individual task and provide no assistance to help the user keep track of the resources from task to task. When multiple system tasks require the same resources, the user must respecify the needed resources at the beginning of each task. The resources are automatically deallocated at the end of each task. This allows gaps in resource allocation. The result is that a needed resource might be "stolen" by another parallel activity. A solution to the above problem is to associate resource allocation with the activity.