Patents Represented by Attorney, Agent or Law Firm Paul Kraft
  • Patent number: 6816829
    Abstract: The present invention describes a system and method for independently verifying the Execution Rate of individual tasks by a device through simulation. Described is a situation in which a system has a main device through which data flows to and from other devices. Bus transfers must fall within required rates. A simulation of the configuration utilizes models of the various devices, including the “Main device”. This simulation is used to verify the data traffic and associated transfer rates. Data transfer includes random bursts, with randomly chosen periods between bursts. The data rate and data validity are measured during each burst period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2000
    Date of Patent: November 9, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert Franklin Clark, Robert Brian Likovich, Jr., Darryl Jonathan Rumph, Chad Everett Winemiller
  • Patent number: 6514090
    Abstract: The present invention relates to an apparatus and method for enhancing the differential signaling speed performance of a PCI bus within a data processing system. In particular it involves the connectors employed with PCI bus architecture. The present invention involves providing improved connectors employed in a PCI bus architecture. These are Split Pin and Split Via connectors which provide significantly higher frequency and higher frequency capability to the board level.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 29, 1998
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2003
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dan M. Neal, Paul Clouser
  • Patent number: 6336216
    Abstract: A new class of data file storing objects which have the ability to self-extract, i.e. within objects in the new class, there is a method to extract selected individual files stored in the objects. There is provided a computer controlled object oriented programming system having means for interfacing a plurality of programming objects with each other and including at least one data storage object of an object class comprising means within said object for storing a plurality of data files, and means within said object for extracting said stored data files from said object. The object class is most effectively used with Java objects. The compressed files stored in the objects may be program files. The files are usually compressed into a single file for distribution.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2002
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bryce Allen Curtis, Jimmy M. D. Hsu
  • Patent number: 6182223
    Abstract: A method and apparatus of a computer based security system to prevent unauthorized access to computer-stored information comprising several components. These comprise of an intrusion detection mechanism, a ROM-based firmware program, an internal battery sized to provide several minutes of operation of the computer system and all its internal devices, and a mechanism to reset the central processing unit of the computer and switch to battery power responsive to the intrusion detection mechanism.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 1998
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew R. Rawson
  • Patent number: 6181994
    Abstract: The present invention allows advanced diagnostics to be loaded into a vehicle on demand with results being sent back to the diagnostic center, possibly requiring a more refined selection of diagnostics based on the results of the previous tests. Thus, a new generation of network vehicle communications with diagnostic centers, via cellular telephone, wireless communications and Internet access via wireless communication link, provide a rich networking topology that allows onboard computers or microprocessors to obtain problem diagnosis information and data while on the road.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Campbell Colson, Neal Alewine
  • Patent number: 6178018
    Abstract: Conventional display technology can be used to display crude computer generated holograms (CGH), and can be extended to moving displays. However, the ones best suited from the standpoint of illumination flexibility, such as the common Liquid Crystal Displays (LCDs), switch very slowly. Thus systems with far better dynamic—rapid response requires very complex drive electronics. A non-memory ceramic PLZT, dynamic holographic display medium, provides much faster response time relative to common LCD technology. This system, which is the major embodiment of the present invention, also exhibits good spatial display capability. The system of the present invention, can display Fast Fourier Transformation (FFT) Computer Generated Holograms (CHHs); thus allowing the use of FFT based manipulation of images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 25, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis Jason Kekas, Jon Alan Herlocker, Mitchell Levy Loeb
  • Patent number: 6081271
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program are provided for a virtual three-dimensional workspace, wherein certain 3-D objects can automatically provide a view point on themselves, that also make other neighboring objects visible according to a hierarchy of relevance and proximity, in three- dimensional workspace. The system subsequently serves to orient the viewer upon completion of an interactive task with one of the functional objects in the three-dimensional workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Didier Daniel Claude Bardon, Richard Edmond Berry
  • Patent number: 6069632
    Abstract: The instant invention relates to a system and method of assisting interactive users to effectively address the need to control the user's entrance and exit of places in virtual 3-D workspace. Specifically, how can a designer and or a user best control what happens when the user enters or exits a particular place in a virtual reality environment. The purpose of this invention, "Passageway Properties", is the creation of customizable attributes pertaining to the behavior of the user interface upon the entrance or exit of places in virtual environments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 30, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Martin Mullaly, Richard Edmond Berry, Scott Harlan Isensee, David John Roberts
  • Patent number: 5903271
    Abstract: A system, method and computer program for a virtual three-dimensional workspace wherein certain three-dimensional objects represent or serve as proxies for a variety of user interactive application programs. Such objects may be selected or triggered by the user to bring forth planar two-dimensional interactive user interfaces having images resembling those of their respective representative 3D objects so that a user may intuitively note the resemblance and select the appropriate object to result in the planar two-dimensional interactive interface appearing in front of the three-dimensional workspace. This two-dimensional planar interface remains active and unaffected by changes to its representative three-dimensional object during the course of navigation or otherwise. A drag and drop technique facilitates viewer interaction between images in a two-dimensional workplane with three-dimensional objects in the virtual three-dimensional workspace.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 11, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Didier Daniel Claude Bardon, Richard Edmond Berry, Scott Harlan Isensee, David John Roberts, John Martin Mullaly
  • Patent number: 5883628
    Abstract: The problem addressed by this invention is that of resolving what occurs when a user's viewpoint comes into contact with an object residing in a three-dimensional workspace as the viewer navigates through that workspace. There are several possibilities in such a situation. For example, the viewer's viewpoint may be stopped and prevented from advancing further or it may penetrate the object. The instant invention provides a climbability property for objects in 3-D virtual environments. This property, when stored in the software along with the properties which define that object, can alter the viewer's viewpoint such that it will automatically be adjusted to simulate the behavior of climbing over the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 1997
    Date of Patent: March 16, 1999
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John Martin Mullaly, Didier Daniel Claude Bardon, Richard Edmond Berry, Scott Harlan Isensee, Shirley Lynn Martin
  • Patent number: 5660841
    Abstract: An improved method is provided for preparing an insect-active assembly which can provide insect repellency, insecticidal action, or both and which is adapted to be directly affixed to the garment worn by a person. The assembly is comprised of a polymeric body which contains an insect-active composition, as a volatile plasticizer, which, over time, migrates from the polymeric body to provide the desired degree of insect-active action. The improvement consists of preparing the assembly at low temperatures thus preventing losses of the insect-active component to the environment, during processing under conditions employed in the prior art. A key element of this improved process is the use of a thermoplastic latex in place of thermoplastic resins or polymers used in earlier versions of assembly preparation. The thermoplastic latices, which have been plasticized with the insect-active composition, can readily be dried at low temperatures, to form the assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 1996
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: Paul Kraft