Posted by: Robert Davis
Configuration Management, Digital Storage Devices, Hardware Controls, Information Security, Infrastructure Management, IT Hardware, Risk Management
Forms of automatic error diagnosis routines
Automatic error diagnosis is utilized by several hardware configuration components. A typical application is the installation of Central Processing Unit (CPU) circuitry to diagnosis data parity errors identified in the CPU and linked storage areas. Furthermore, the CPU may have self-diagnostic capabilities to reveal defective circuitry or memory. In some instances, as a corrective measure, the CPU may be able to route operations and storage around defective configuration components.
Automatic error diagnosis is also utilized to identify faulty magnetic tape read/write heads. In this scenario, the CPU checks the read/write head during an assigned task to ensure that the current is flowing through the device. With a positive check, it is assumed that reading and writing is taking place during inspection. Conversely, with a negative check, it is assumed that reading and writing is not taking place during inspection.
Post Note: “IT Equipment Functionality and Integrity Checks – Part II” was originally published through Suite101.com under the title “IT Equipment Functionality and Integrity Checks”