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Interim Host Attachment Disclosure Number: IPCOM000046560D
Original Publication Date: 1983-Aug-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07

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Ryder, KD [+details]


SNA (Systems Network Architecture) networks may be interconnected by using the Multi-Systems Network Facility (MSNF) of the standard Advanced Communications Function (ACF) products. One consequence of using ACF/MSNF is that one network may activate logical and physical resources which are normally owned by another network. This activation process between networks allows one network to back-up another network in certain failure situations. In some environments, cross-network activation may be undesirable and may have unpredictable results. These activations may allow a network to inspect or modify data and functions within another network. The IBM Information Network represents an environment in which multiple networks will be joined using ACF/MSNF capabilities.