System Event Indication
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
Event indicators may be described as system operation progress indicators, the purpose of which is to convey information to the system operator or customer service representative without the use of a console or work station. Event indicators -- unlike system status indicators (which indicate specific current conditions or states of affairs in a machine, i.e., parity, processor check conditions) or address/data displays -- highlight events which have or have not occurred during initialization or subsequent operation of the system. They can thus be used to trace the progress of the system during bring-up or while performing one or more sequences of operations. This information can be of extreme importance in diagnosing the cause of a system hardware or software problem.