The VM Automated System computer program was developed to satisfy a need for efficient management of operations in a large client/server computer network that includes multiple mainframe computers and multiple local-area subnetworks. Functions performed by the program include the following:
- Automated and operator-assisted scheduling,
- Graphical user interfaces for scheduling and monitoring,
- Automated diagnosis of the integrity and operational status of the system,
- Management of client/server application programs that depend on data and/or software that reside on other computers, and
- System-management functions (including shutting down or starting up a subsystem and/or system, with automation making it unnecessary for the system operator to memorize the proper sequence of commands).
This work was done by Stephen Scott Tribbey, Debra S. Sheets, Scott C. McIlroy, and Kirk P. Matthews of Kennedy Space Center.