Patents Assigned to International Business Machines Corporation
  • Patent number: 10267047
    Abstract: Load distribution structures are provided for a raised floor tile(s) of a raised floor data center. The load distribution structure, which resides adjacent to an opening in the raised floor tile(s), such as a cutout in the raised floor tile(s), to facilitate supporting a frame load, includes a frame load distributor and an edging bracket. The frame load distributor resides on the raised floor tile adjacent to the opening in the raised floor tile(s), and distributes, at least in part, the frame load on the raised floor tile(s). The edging bracket couples to the frame load distributor to, at least in part, hold the frame load distributor in fixed position on the raised floor tile(s). The edging bracket extends, at least in part, into the opening in the raised floor tile to secure the frame load distributor in fixed position relative to the opening in the raised floor tile(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Shawn Canfield, John J. Loparco, Budy D. Notohardjono, John G. Torok
  • Patent number: 10266772
    Abstract: A flame-retardant vanillin-derived monomer, a process for forming a flame-retardant polymer, and an article of manufacture comprising a material that contains flame-retardant vanillin-derived monomer are disclosed. The flame-retardant vanillin-derived monomer can be synthesized from vanillin obtained from a bio-based source, and can have at least one phosphoryl or phosphonyl moiety with phenyl, allyl, epoxide, or propylene carbonate substituents. The process for forming the flame-retardant polymer can include reacting a vanillin derivative and a flame-retardant phosphorus-based molecule to form the flame-retardant vanillin-derived monomer, and then polymerizing the flame-retardant vanillin-derived monomer. The material in the article of manufacture can be flame-retardant, and contain the flame-retardant vanillin-derived monomer. Examples of materials that can be in the article of manufacture can include resins, plastics, adhesives, polymers, etc.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jacob T. Porter, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10271424
    Abstract: Vented tamper-respondent assemblies and methods of fabrication are provided which include a multilayer circuit board, a tamper-detection sensor, and an in situ vent structure. The tamper-detection sensor is embedded within the multilayer circuit board, and defines, at least in part, a secure volume associated with the multilayer circuit board. The in situ vent structure is formed within the multilayer circuit board, and includes at least one vent channel. The vent channel(s) is in fluid communication with a space within the secure volume to facilitate venting the space of the secure volume. The space within the secure volume may accommodate, for instance, one or more electronic components to be protected, and the at least one vent channel may, for instance, allow air pressure within the space of the secure volume to equalize with air pressure external to the tamper-respondent assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Silvio Dragone, Stefano S. Oggioni, William Santiago-Fernandez
  • Patent number: 10271464
    Abstract: A cooling system is provided which includes, for instance, a coolant supply manifold, a multifunction coolant manifold structure, and multiple cooling structures. The multifunction coolant manifold structure includes a coolant-commoning manifold and an auxiliary coolant reservoir above and in fluid communication with the coolant-commoning manifold. The multiple cooling structures are coupled in parallel fluid communication between the coolant supply and coolant-commoning manifolds to receive coolant from the supply, and exhaust coolant to the coolant-commoning manifold. The coolant-commoning manifold is sized to slow therein a flow rate of coolant exhausting from the multiple cooling structures to allow gas within the exhausting coolant to escape the coolant within the coolant-commoning manifold. The escaping gas rises to the auxiliary coolant reservoir and is replaced within the coolant-commoning manifold by coolant from the auxiliary coolant reservoir.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Francis R. Krug, Jr., Randy J. Zoodsma
  • Patent number: 10271279
    Abstract: Technical solutions are described for conserving battery consumption in tracking devices when tracking a plurality of shipment items. An example method includes receiving, by a first tracking device that is associated with a first shipment item, a tracking information of a second shipment item, the tracking information being transmitted by a second tracking device. The method also includes transmitting, by the first tracking device, a tracking message that includes the tracking information of the second shipment item and a tracking information of the first shipment item.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Venkat Raghavan, Dinesh C. Verma
  • Patent number: 10271459
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods are provided for protectively covering an air inlet or outlet of an air-moving assembly. The apparatus includes a protective cover assembly, which includes a retractable cover and a spring-biasing mechanism. The retractable cover transitions between a retracted state, when the air-moving assembly is operatively positioned within the chassis, and in extended state, when the air-moving assembly is withdrawn from the chassis. In retracted state, the retractable cover is retracted away from the air inlet or outlet, and in extended state, the retractable cover covers, at least partially, the air inlet or outlet. The spring-biasing mechanism is coupled to the retractable cover and biases the retractable cover in the extended state when the air-moving assembly is withdrawn from the chassis, and compresses to allow transition of the retractable cover to the retracted state as the air-moving assembly is inserted into operative position within the chassis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Levi A. Campbell, Christopher R. Ciraulo, Milnes P. David, Dustin W. Demetriou, Robert K. Mullady, Roger R. Schmidt
  • Patent number: 10265614
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a challenge event from which a computer code that supports software development for a client computer is obtained. At least two participants are selected to participate in the challenge. Assets of software code are provided to the participants for assisting the participants to deliver respective submissions as outcomes of participation by the participants in the challenge event. A solution to the challenge event in a form of a computer code is received from only one participant previously chosen from the selected at least two participants as the only participant to submit the solution. The received solution is validated for quality and is accepted. In response to the validating and accepting of the received solution, the received solution is delivered to the client computer. The received solution is configured to be used by the client computer to support software development for the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric H. Bokelberg, Blain A. Dillard, David A. Hoffman, Patrick Howard, Brian T. Paulsen, Jose A. Tano
  • Patent number: 10264972
    Abstract: A mechanism is provided. The mechanism includes a user device and a smart pill within a host. The smart pill is communicatively connected to the user device for transmitting and receiving secure communications. Settings of the smart pill while in the host are configured to be changed based on patient category data of the host.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Clifford A. Pickover
  • Patent number: 10265703
    Abstract: An airborne particle collection system includes an airflow directing unit, register units, a fan unit, and a control system. The airflow directing unit includes a plurality of separately controlled air distribution segments. Each register unit includes a motorized damper and filter. The fan unit is connected to the airflow directing unit and to the register units through piping. The fan unit injects air into the airflow directing unit, and generates a vacuum force that causes exhaust air with airborne particles to be pulled into the register units and filtered by the filters within the register units. The control system selectively controls the air distribution segments of the airflow directing unit and the motorized dampers of the register units to generate alterable airflow patterns between the airflow directing unit and the register units in different zones within a room in which the airflow directing unit and the register units are disposed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric J. Barkie, Benjamin L. Fletcher, Andrew P. Wyskida
  • Patent number: 10265001
    Abstract: Embodiments include methods, systems and computer program products for monitoring a user of a helmet for traumatic brain injury. Aspects include obtaining a saliva specimen from a mouthguard and providing the saliva specimen to a lab on chip. Aspects further include determining whether the saliva specimen contains a biomarker that indicates the user suffered a traumatic brain injury and creating an alert that the user of the helmet has suffered a traumatic brain injury.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: James R. Kozloski, Mark C. H. Lamorey, Clifford A. Pickover, John J. Rice
  • Patent number: 10265812
    Abstract: Liquid-cooled heat sink assemblies are provided which include: a heat transfer element including a heat transfer base with opposite first and second sides and a plurality of thermally conductive fins extending from the first side, and with the second side of the heat transfer base to couple to a component(s) to be cooled. The heat sink assembly further includes a coolant-carrying structure attached to the heat transfer element. The coolant-carrying structure includes a coolant-carrying base, and a coolant-carrying compartment through which liquid coolant flows. The coolant-carrying base includes a plurality of fin-receiving openings sized and positioned for the plurality of thermally conductive fins to extend therethrough. The plurality of thermally conductive fins extend into the coolant-carrying compartment through which the liquid coolant flows. In one or more embodiments, the heat transfer element is a metal structure and the coolant-carrying structure is a plastic structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Dylan J. Boday, Levi A. Campbell, Milnes P. David, Dustin W. Demetriou, Michael J. Ellsworth, Jr., Roger R. Schmidt, Robert E. Simons, Prabjit Singh, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10265011
    Abstract: Social media databases are minded for data related to a subject person. The data in indicative of a level of ultraviolet light exposure of the subject person. An ultraviolet violet exposure profile for the subject person is generated based upon the data and a health assessment report provided. The data may include timestamped images of the subject person and other related persons. The skin characteristics within images are analysed to determine an ultraviolet light exposure level for the subject person from each image. The skin characteristics may include skin colour, freckling and blemishing. The ultraviolet light exposure profile may be developed over an extended interval based upon the image timestamps. The health report may be used to mitigate risks, such as skin cancer, associated with exposure to ultraviolet light.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rahil Garnavi, Timothy M. Lynar, Suraj Pandey, Ziyuan Wang, John M. Wagner
  • Patent number: 10265844
    Abstract: In an approach to creating assembly plan for disaster mitigation, one or more computer processors identify one or more triggering events. The one or more computer processors receive one or more configuration parameters for one or more assembly plans pertaining to the one or more triggering events. The one or more computer processors analyze the one or more configuration parameters to determine necessary configuration parameters based upon the identified one or more triggering events. The one or more computer processors create the one or more assembly plans containing one or more instructions for one or more self-assembling robots based on the determined necessary configuration parameters. The one or more computer processors send the one or more assembly plans to one or more self-assembling robots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Zhao Cheng, Luyao Li, Ramesh V. Raj, Kyle D. Robeson
  • Patent number: 10265613
    Abstract: A method and system for conducting a challenge event from which a computer code that supports software development for a client computer is obtained. The challenge event is communicated to at least two participants in a form of an event specification. A proposal for a solution that meets the event specification is received from each participant. Only one participant is chosen from the at least two participants, based on the proposal previously received from each participant. The solution is received in a form of a computer code from the chosen only one participant. The received solution is validated for quality and the received solution is accepted. In response to the validating and accepting of the received solution, the received solution is delivered to the client computer. The received solution is configured to be used by the client computer to support software development for the client computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric H. Bokelberg, Blain A. Dillard, David A. Hoffman, Patrick Howard, Brian T. Paulsen, Jose A. Tano
  • Patent number: 10266771
    Abstract: A flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecule, a process for forming a flame-retardant resin, and an article of manufacture comprising a material that contains the flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecule are disclosed. The flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecule can be synthesized from vanillin obtained from a bio-based source, and can have at least one phosphoryl or phosphonyl moiety with phenyl, allyl, epoxide, propylene carbonate, or thioether substituents. The process for forming the flame-retardant resin can include reacting a vanillin derivative and a flame-retardant phosphorus-based molecule to form the flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecule, and binding the flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecule to a resin. The flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecules can also be bound to polymers. The material in the article of manufacture can be flame-retardant, and contain the flame-retardant vanillin-derived molecules.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jacob T. Porter, Jason T. Wertz
  • Patent number: 10271434
    Abstract: Methods of fabricating tamper-respondent assemblies provided which include a tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure. The tamper-respondent electronic circuit structure includes a tamper-respondent sensor. The tamper-respondent sensor includes, for instance, at least one flexible layer having opposite first and second sides, and circuit lines forming, at least in part, at least one tamper-detect network, such as one or more resistive networks. The circuit lines are disposed on at least one of the first side or the second side of the at least one flexible layer. At least one region of the tamper-respondent sensor is fabricated with increased susceptibility to damage from mechanical stress associated with a tamper event. The at least one region of increased susceptibility to damage facilitates detection of the tamper event by the tamper-respondent sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: John R. Dangler, David C. Long, Michael T. Peets
  • Patent number: 10268376
    Abstract: Methods for use in a dispersed storage network (DSN) to automate deployment and assignment of access devices. In various examples, a managing unit of the DSN obtains configuration and capability information relating to various DSN devices (e.g., storage units). The managing unit further identifies a common class of user devices that share substantially identical DSN engagement characteristics. Based on one or more of the DSN configuration information, the DSN capability information, and the substantially identical DSN engagement characteristics, the managing unit selects a memory access unit to associate with the identified common class of user devices, and facilitates utilization of the selected memory access unit by the identified common class of user devices. The configuration information may include, for example, a DSN asset list, an expected user device list, system topology information, and DSN asset capability information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Asimuddin Kazi, Jason K. Resch
  • Patent number: 10268346
    Abstract: [Object] To facilitate user's operations. [Solution] An editing apparatus is provided including: a component output unit for outputting a display screen on which a plurality of components are displayed; a node output unit for outputting a plurality of nodes respectively corresponding to the plurality of components on the display screen so that the nodes are displayed along with the plurality of components so as to overlap the display of the plurality of components; and a setting unit for setting, in response to a user's instruction of association between two or more of the nodes, an association between two or more of the components corresponding to the two or more of the nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Yoshiroh Kamiyama, Kotaro Shima
  • Patent number: 10271014
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects relate to dynamic video image management. A set of dynamic image quality factors may be collected with respect to a dynamic video image. A set of display parameter values may be determined based on the set of dynamic image quality factors. The set of display parameter values may be of a set of display parameter values for a set of computing assets. The set of display parameter values may be determined to benefit the set of dynamic image quality factors with respect to the dynamic video image. The set of computing assets may be configured using the set of display parameter values. The set of computing assets may be configured to benefit the set of dynamic image quality factors with respect to the dynamic video image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2018
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Ilse M. Breedvelt-Schouten, Jana H. Jenkins, Jeffrey A. Kusnitz, John A. Lyons
  • Patent number: 10266325
    Abstract: A process of forming a polymer with a blue light absorber chemically bonded to a polymeric backbone of the polymer includes mixing one or more olefin monomers with one or more functionalized p-vinylstyrylanthracene monomers to form a mixture of reactants. The mixture includes less than 10 percent by weight of the one or more functionalized p-vinylstyrylanthracene monomers. The process also includes polymerizing the mixture to produce a polymer with one or more blue light absorption characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 7, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 23, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brandon M. Kobilka, Joseph Kuczynski, Jacob T. Porter, Jason T. Wertz