Method to Temporarily Disconnect the Workstation From a Host
Original Publication Date: 1986-Feb-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-08
A method is described to take a workstation offline from the host computer without ending a data communication session. With existing communication protocols, it is impossible to disconnect a workstation from a host mainframe computer without aborting the active session between the two machines. But if the workstation is a Personal Computer (PC) capable of performing useful work in stand- alone mode, it would be desirable to permit temporary disconnection from the host, with the assumption that the session with the host will remain intact and may be reconnected after the local workstation completes its local task. This is immediately possible if the workstation is attached to the mainframe via a passthru program running in another computer, e.g.