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Patexia Research
Issue Date Oct 22, 2020
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Patent Application - Differential Node Configuration for Network Maintenance > Claims

  • 1. A computer-implemented method for configuring one or more target nodes communicatively coupled to an operator node in a network comprising: generating a differential visualization interface for display by a hardware display and illustrating a difference between a set of system attributes of a first node at a current time and at a previous time, the differential visualization interface including a slider bar interface element that enables a user to select the previous time from a plurality of previous times;in response to receiving, from a user, a selection of a previous time from the plurality of previous times via the slider bar interface element, modifying the differential visualization interface to include the difference between the set of system attributes of the first node at the current time and the selected previous time; andin response to receiving a request from a user, re-configuring the first node to match a configuration of the first node at the selected previous time.
    • 2. The method of claim 1, wherein the differential visualization interface indicates a high variance between values of a system attribute using a first indicator and a low variance between values of the system attribute using a second indicator different from the first indicator.
      • 3. The method of claim 2, wherein the first indicator comprises a first color and wherein the second indicator comprises a second color.
      • 4. The method of claim 2, wherein the first indicator comprises a first icon type and wherein the second indicator comprises a second icon type.
    • 5. The method of claim 1, wherein the differential visualization interface further indicates a violation of a configuration policy associated with one or more of the system attributes at one or both of the current time and the selected previous time.
      • 6. The method of claim 5, wherein the differential visualization interface further indicates a severity of the violation of the configuration policy.
    • 7. The method of claim 1, wherein the request from the user is received via a second interface element displayed within the differential visualization interface.
  • 8. A non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing executable computer instructions that, when executed by a processor, cause the processor to perform steps comprising: generating a differential visualization interface for display by a hardware display and illustrating a difference between a set of system attributes of a first node at a current time and at a previous time, the differential visualization interface including a slider bar interface element that enables a user to select the previous time from a plurality of previous times;in response to receiving, from a user, a selection of a previous time from the plurality of previous times via the slider bar interface element, modifying the differential visualization interface to include the difference between the set of system attributes of the first node at the current time and the selected previous time; andin response to receiving a request from a user, re-configuring the first node to match a configuration of the first node at the selected previous time.
    • 9. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 8, wherein the differential visualization interface indicates a high variance between values of a system attribute using a first indicator and a low variance between values of the system attribute using a second indicator different from the first indicator.
      • 10. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the first indicator comprises a first color and wherein the second indicator comprises a second color.
      • 11. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 9, wherein the first indicator comprises a first icon type and wherein the second indicator comprises a second icon type.
    • 12. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 8, wherein the differential visualization interface further indicates a violation of a configuration policy associated with one or more of the system attributes at one or both of the current time and the selected previous time.
      • 13. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 12, wherein the differential visualization interface further indicates a severity of the violation of the configuration policy.
    • 14. The non-transitory computer-readable storage medium of claim 8, wherein the request from the user is received via a second interface element displayed within the differential visualization interface.
  • 15. An operator management system comprising: a non-transitory computer-readable storage medium storing executable instructions that, when executed, perform steps comprising: generating a differential visualization interface for display by a hardware display and illustrating a difference between a set of system attributes of a first node at a current time and at a previous time, the differential visualization interface including a slider bar interface element that enables a user to select the previous time from a plurality of previous times;in response to receiving, from a user, a selection of a previous time from the plurality of previous times via the slider bar interface element, modifying the differential visualization interface to include the difference between the set of system attributes of the first node at the current time and the selected previous time; andin response to receiving a request from a user, re-configuring the first node to match a configuration of the first node at the selected previous time; anda processor configured to execute the instructions.
    • 16. The operator management system of claim 15, wherein the differential visualization interface indicates a high variance between values of a system attribute using a first indicator and a low variance between values of the system attribute using a second indicator different from the first indicator.
      • 17. The operator management system of claim 16, wherein the first indicator comprises a first color and wherein the second indicator comprises a second color.
      • 18. The operator management system of claim 16, wherein the first indicator comprises a first icon type and wherein the second indicator comprises a second icon type.
    • 19. The operator management system of claim 15, wherein the differential visualization interface further indicates a violation of a configuration policy associated with one or more of the system attributes at one or both of the current time and the selected previous time.
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