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Test Tools from Granite Systems Further Enable Implementation of Service Discovery Among Disparate Peripheral Devices


HIGHLAND, Utah, February 22, 2000---The Salutation Consortium, a non-profit corporation focused on providing service discovery technologies, is now offering a suite of test tools for developers. The tool suite was developed by Granite Systems (Boulder, CO,, a Salutation Consortium member, and is free of charge to all Consortium members.

The test tools perform and verify the correctness of protocol exchanges between client and supported server functional units (FU) for developers using the Salutation architecture. The test suite consists of three elements: the Salutation Manager test driver, the client test driver and device emulation modules. The tools run on Windows 95,Windows 98, and Windows NT platforms.

The Salutation Manager test driver aids in developing and testing of a product's base functionality for Salutation personality that includes individual message by message exchanges. It supports testing of SLM and FU discovery, attribute retrieval, session management, and message exchange of Salutation mode products. Message exchange for specific emulated or native personalities requires custom extensions to the test tool.

The client test driver helps in developing and testing embedded products such as print, docStorage, faxSend, and faxData. It automatically performs entire protocol exchange sequences. For example, it submits a print job and monitors its progress until completion. The client test driver can accept manual, typed input, or may execute batch mode scripts. A message trace of protocol exchange is output from the programs.

The device emulators aid in developing and testing application program modules. They support sets of actions that an actual server device might perform.  For example, a print FU can have its paper trays configured, process jobs on the queue, and set device status such as out of paper.  Device emulators have a graphical user interface that allows users to simulate a variety of device functions including normal operations, dynamic events and errors.

            The test suite has been verified against several fielded Salutation products, including IBM's Nu-Office and the Salutation Consortium's Port Of Entry product.

The Salutation architecture offers a Find and Bind service discovery solution. It helps users to locate and detect Salutation-enabled devices, exchange functional capabilities and locate required services.

The Salutation architecture is independent of operating system and communication protocol.  This provides for a single-service discovery implementation across devices, applications and services.

The Salutation Consortium is a non-profit corporation that promotes and distributes, royalty-free, the Salutation Architecture, a service discovery and session management protocol developed by leading information technology companies.  It is an open standard independent of operating system, communications protocol or hardware platform.


             Member companies include Axis Communications, Canon, Fuji Xerox, Ltd., Fujitsu Limited, Granite Systems, Hewlett Packard, Hitachi, IBM, IrDA, Konica, Kyocera Mita Corporation, Matsushita Electric Industrial Co., MicroBurst, Inc., Mitsubishi Electric Corp., Murata Machinery, Ltd., Oki Data Corp., Ricoh Company, Seiko Epson Corp., Sharp Corporation, TRG Products, Inc., Toshiba TEC, WalletWare, Inc., and Xerox Corp. Academic members include, Tamal Bose, University of Colorado; Kaspar Helldén,

Linköping University; Wenching Liou, National Chenchi University; Stephen Reiss, Brown University; Golden G. Richard III, University of New Orleans; Tomohiro Takagi, Meiji University.

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