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SECTION 1 - EXTERNAL CONTROL MODULE

SECTION BRIEF - This section describes the menu commands end functions of the External Control Module (ECM).

1.1 ECM FUNCTION AND LAYOUT

The External Control Module (ECM) is the launching point for all modules in the OSI/CACD System 2. On the menu bar at the top of your terminal you will see four selection menus. These are:

Diagram 1.1.0 - OSI/CACD System 2 ECM Menu Bar

These selection menus represent gateways into other areas of the OSI/CACD System 2.

1.1.1 The SYSTEM Menu

Diagram 1.1.1 - SYSTEM Menu

This menu, represented by the cybertank icon, is referred to as the SYSTEM Menu. The following functions are available within it:
  • ABOUT OMEGA
    Displays the copyright notice and the name of the principal system designer.
     
  • KEYBOARD
    Selects the keyboard as your primary input device.
     
  • MOUSE
    Selects the mouse as your primary input device.
     
  • JOYSTICK
    Selects the joystick as your primary input device
Special Note: Not all Input devices are supported on all terminal types.

1.1.2 The EMPLOYEE Menu

Diagram 1.1.2 - EMPLOYEE Menu

  • NEW EMPLOYEE
    Returns you to the Security Entrance Procedure at OSl’s main complex entrance.
     
  • CLEARANCE EVALUATION
    Initiates an Employee Evaluation request for possible promotion to a higher clearance level.
     
  • CONTINUE AN EVALUATION
    Continues a previously saved Clearance Evaluation.
     
  • DELETE SAVED EVALUATION
    Deletes a previously. saved Clearance Evaluation. See Section 9.3 for mare information an using the File Termination Panel (FTP).
     
  • CALL IT A DAY
    Performs a security shutdown of your computer terminal and unlocks your office door so you can leave. Excessive early departures will be duly noted.

1.1.3 The SIMULATE Menu

Diagram 1.1.3 - SIMULATE Menu

  • START A SIMULATION
    Invokes the Combat Simulation Module.
     
  • CONTINUE A SIMULATION
    Invokes the Combat Simulation Module and continues a previously saved simulation.
     
  • DESIGN A SIMULATION
    Invokes the Simulation Design Module.
     
  • PRINT SIMULATION STATS
    Prints the various statistics of a simulation to your Printer. See Section 1.2 far detailed information.
     
  • DELETE A SIMULATION DESIGN
    Deletes a simulation design that was created with the Simulation Design Module.
     
  • DELETE SAVED SIMULATION
    Deletes a simulation that was saved from the Combat Simulation Module.

1.1.4 The DESIGN Menu

Diagram 1.1.4 - DESIGN Menu

  • DESIGN CYBERTANKS
    Invokes the modules used to create and modify cybertanks.
     
  • TEST CYBERTANK
    Invokes the Cybertank Test Module used to test cybertanks in a simulation.
     
  • DESIGN BATTLEFIELD
    Invokes the Battlefield Design Module.
     
  • DUPLICATION MODULE
    Invokes the Data Duplication Module.
     
  • DELETE CYBERTANK
    Deletes a cybertank from a your ID Disc.

1.2 SIMULATION STATISTICS

A very useful feature of the ECM is the ability to print simulation statistics. At any time, you can choose this option to view the various statistics for a simulation design. Below is a sample printout of simulation statistics:
  NUMBER OF TANKS: 4
     
  NUMBER OF BATTLES: 12
     
  [CUMULATIVE RANKINGS]  

TANK NAME 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
               
ALPHA 6 3 2 1      
BETA 4 4 3 1      
GAMMA 1 4 5 2      
DINKY 1 1 2 8      

Diagram 1.2 - Simulation Statistics

The above example of Simulation Statistics tells us a number of things. This example tells us that the cybertank ALPHA was the most successful. ALPHA won 6 out of the 12 simulations. Next was BETA which won 4 our of the 12 simulations. These numbers are discovered by examining the numbers along the column labeled “1”. This column tells us how many times each cybertank came in “first place.” The other columns tell us how many times each cybertank came in all of the other places (second thru seventh place). By examining the Simulation Statistics for a given Set of battles, it is rather easy to determine each cybertank’s relative strength and effectiveness.

1.3 ELECTRONIC MAIL SYSTEM

An important feature of the ECM is its electronic mail system (EMAIL). All OSI memorandums are posted through the EMAIL system. Additionally, it is important that key personnel be kept abreast of world events. The ECM will brief you on current national and world events, as well as internal news bulletins. These news briefings, along with OSI memorandums, are mandatory reading for all personnel.

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