05109484 is referenced by 76 patents and cites 33 patents.

Apparatus and method for defining I/O devices connected to terminals of a distributive data processing system and for downloading programs from a control computer into said terminals. A global listing containing identities of all devices that can be coupled to the terminal is prepared at each terminal. A configuration list of devices which are actually coupled to the terminal is derived from the global list. The configuration list is stored at the terminal and at the control computer. Thereafter, only programs that are required for controlling the devices that are actually coupled to the terminal are downloaded into the terminal.

Title
Self configuring terminal which polls loop network and generates list of connected devices for use in selectively downloading control programs
Application Number
6/849641
Publication Number
5109484
Application Date
April 9, 1986
Publication Date
April 28, 1992
Inventor
Hollis P Posey
Cary
NC, US
David R Hughes
Raleigh
NC, US
Agent
Joscelyn G Cockburn
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 13/38
G06F 3/14
G06F 13/22
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