Published in Proceedings of the Seventh IEEE International Conference and Workshop on the Engineering of Computer Based Systems: Edinburgh, Scotland, April 3, 2000, pages 205-210. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1109/ECBS.2000.839878.
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NOTE: At the time of publication, the author Franz Kurfess was affiliated with Concordia University - Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Currently, August 2008, he is Professor of Computer Science at California Polytechnic State University - San Luis Obispo .
The proliferation of networked and distributed systems presents a need for more tool development with regard to the monitoring and maintenance of distributed processes. The goal of this paper is to present a mechanism used to collect detailed process information from various remote Unix hosts on a network. The interface to this mechanism, a GUI applet, is accessible through a Java enabled browser such as Netscape Navigator. It presents the user with a menu of choices such as which host to view, and what process information to retrieve (I/O-bound processes, numbers of processes, individual/total process usage, etc.). The requested information is retrieved and displayed in a window presented by the GUI.