MFD> Teleconference addition

MFD> Teleconference addition

MFD> Teleconference addition

Zehler, Peter Peter.Zehler at
Thu Jan 15 11:22:29 EST 2009



Bill has provided some Last Call comments on the Scan Service
specification.  I have included his comments on section 10 below.  I
would like to add a discussion on this to today's teleconference.  Most
of the rest of his comments are straight forward and we can cover them
if time permits.  




10 Scan Service Theory of Operation

The Scan Service operates autonomously through three phases:
initialization, online, and offline.


At power-up the Scan Service enters its initialization phase that
initializes all its service attributes, connected subunits, may [W1]
perform a self-testing and may also test its Scan Device(s). After the
initialization is successful, the Scan Service enters the "Down" state
(an offline state) and performs a start-up operation that brings the
service online, authenticates and registers its service with a service
directory or announces its service to the network domain in which it
resides. The Scan Service then enters the "Idle" state and becomes ready
for service discovery and accepting service requests from Scan Clients. 


The Scan Service accepts new requests as long as it's not disabled and
is in one of the four states: Idle, Processing,[W2]  Stopped, or
Testing.  [W3] Performing an administrative Disable[W4] () operation
while in any state will stop the Scan Service from accepting new jobs.
Performing an Enable() operation in any state while the Scan Service is
disabled will enable new jobs to be accepted again.


A user submits a Scan Job through a local (via MFD UI) or remote (via
local network or Internet) Scan Client to a selected target Scan Service
that has the desired scan capabilities. While the service is enabled, a
Scan Client can request any Scan Service operations specified in
Sections 11.1 and A Scan Client uses the CreateScanJob
operation to submit a Scan Job on behalf of a user. A Scan Client needs
to use the CloseJob() [W5] operation to signal the last set of Hardcopy
Scan Document input when the scanner's input capacity is limited  and
continuous sets of hardcopies need to be fed into the platen or ADF for
a large Scan Job. The Scan Service places all submitted jobs in the
ActiveJobs queue and schedules jobs for processing immediately or when a
StartJob event is signaled based on job priority. A user may specify a
JobHoldUntilTime [W6] for a remotely submitted job to allow ample time
for user to walk up to the scanner for placing his/her Hardcopy
originals on the scanner. An administrator can also put a job in the
ActiveJobs queue on hold via a HoldScanJob() operation preventing it
being scheduled and a ReleaseJob() operation will release the job for
scheduling again.


When a Scan Job is released for scheduling and reached the top of
ActiveJobs queue, the Scan Service immediately enters its Processing
state[W7] . During job processing, the Scan Service can be interrupted
by a "PauseScanService()" operation to enter the "Stopped" state. This
allows a user to submit and process an urgent Scan Job or a job for
another service, and a Resume() operation resumes previous Scan Job
processing afterwards.


When there are critical conditions impacting Scan Serviceability during
"Idle" or "Processing" state, either a C.Critical event is generated or
an Administrative PauseScanService() is performed to bring the service
to the Stopped state. From there the condition can be fixed by user's
intervention. Then either the Scan Service generates a ~C.Critical event
or an administrator performs a Resume() operation to bring the Scan
Service back to "Idle" or "Processing" state. Otherwise, if the Scan
Service needs a ShutdownScanService() operation followed by a restart or
ShutdownScanService() for testing, both will require a
StartupScanService() operation to bring the service back to "Idle" state
and then restart job processing again.


At any time all jobs in the ActiveJobs queue, whether being held,
pending for scheduling, in processing, or being temporarily stopped from
processing, can be canceled via a CancelScanJob() operation by an
authorized user. A canceled job, completed job, or an aborted job due to
processing errors can be placed back into ActiveJobs queue and restarted
via the administrative RestartJob[W8] () operation and be processed
along with its Scan Documents again.



Peter Zehler

Xerox Research Center Webster
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b. Do we power-up (a device concept) a service? 

c. Scan Devices (also used elsewhere sould probably be  Scanner(s) or
Scanner Subunits(s)

 [W2]Processing as a service state must be distinguished from processing
as a job state.

 [W3]Testing is defined as an Off_Line state in

 [W4]Observation: Disable does not  change service state, as state is

 [W5]CloseJob is not a defined operation.

 [W6]This appears to be in an administrator operarion, not for a user.
Further, that does nto appear to be the purpose of JobHoldUntilTime.

 [W7]Job in Processing state vs Service in processing state.
Presumably, if there were a previous job being processed, the Servuce
would already be in a processing state?

 [W8]RestartJob appears elsewhere but is not a defined operation.

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