Patents Assigned to Sun Microsystems, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20110102190
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide a system that analyzes telemetry data from a computer system. During operation, the system obtains the telemetry data as a set of telemetric signals from the computer system and validates the telemetric signals using a nonlinear, nonparametric regression technique. Next, the system assesses the integrity of a power supply unit (PSU) in the computer system by comparing the telemetric signals to one or more reference telemetric signals associated with the computer system. If the assessed integrity falls below a threshold, the system performs a remedial action for the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 2, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Kalyanaraman Vaidyanathan, Kenny C. Gross
  • Publication number: 20110107292
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein include one or more of systems, methods, software, and/or data structures to extract models of components (e.g., vias and traces) for PCB channels from measurements (or simulations) taken from physical PCB channels. By applying stochastic optimization to measurements of two PCB channels having different channel lengths, s-matrices (e.g., two-port, four-port, and the like) of the components of a PCB channel may be accurately determined by searching the multi-dimensional parameter space for parameters that comply with the measured values. Once the models for the components have been accurately determined, they may be utilized in constructing a model library that includes component models and is based on physical measurement data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Juyoung Lee, Drew G. Doblar
  • Publication number: 20110106981
    Abstract: The described embodiments provide a system for accessing values for configuration space registers (CSRs). This system includes a CSR data storage mechanism with an address input and a CSR data output. The CSR data storage mechanism includes a memory containing a number of memory locations for storing the true or actual values for CSRs for functions for corresponding devices. In these embodiments, the memory locations are divided into at least one shared region and at least one unique region. In these embodiments, in response to receiving an address for a memory location on the address input, the CSR data storage mechanism accesses the value for the CSR in the memory location in a corresponding shared region or unique region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: John E. Watkins, Elisa Rodrigues
  • Publication number: 20110107187
    Abstract: An LDPC coding system includes a number of LDPC encoders and a number of LDPC decoders. The number of encoders/decoders is between one and one fewer than the total number of tracks on the high density tape are provided. The LDPC encoders are operable to break data from an incoming data sector into the data blocks to be written to the high density tape. The LDPC decoders are operable to assemble the data blocks into data sectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 3, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Richard A. Gill, Jin Lu
  • Publication number: 20110106748
    Abstract: A method for computing power consumption includes querying a software database for a key node and a gate comprising an input port, connected to the key node, and an output port. The software database is created from a net list associated with a design. The method includes calculating a probability of activity level at the output port based on a predetermined activity level at the key node, and querying the software database for next gate comprising a next input port, connected to the previous output port, and a next output port. The method includes calculating a probability of activity level at the next output port based on the probability of activity level at the previous output port. The method includes computing a sub-circuit gate power by sum of power of all the gates based on the probability of activity level at output ports of the gates.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Krishnan Sundaresan, Wei-Lun Hung, Jaewon Oh, Robert E. Mains
  • Publication number: 20110103397
    Abstract: A method for arbitration in an arbitration domain. The method includes: receiving, by each node of a plurality of nodes in the arbitration domain, an arbitration request from each sending node of the plurality of nodes in the arbitration domain, where the plurality of nodes in the arbitration domain each use a shared data channel to send data to a set of receiving nodes; assigning, by each node in the arbitration domain, consecutive time slots to each sending node based on a plurality of priorities assigned to the plurality of nodes in the arbitration domain; for each time slot: sending, from the arbitration domain, a switch request to a receiving node designated by the sending node, where the receiving node is in the set of receiving nodes; and sending, by the sending node, data to the receiving node via the shared data channel during the time slot.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Pranay Koka, Michael Oliver McCracken, Herbert DeWitt Schwetman, JR., Xuezhe Zheng, Ashok Krishnamoorthy
  • Publication number: 20110107023
    Abstract: A system and method for automatically linking partitions on storage media for use within a storage management system is provided to minimize wasted space on the storage media, the time and expense traditionally spent reclaiming partitions containing invalid data, and the computer processing capability required to write data to and read data from the storage media. The storage management system includes a partitioned storage tape, a host application running on a server, and an archive device. The host application is operative to track location information for each host file or data object written to the storage tape. Using the location information, the host application is able to identify one or more “free” or writable partitions that are created on the storage tape as host files expire.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2009
    Publication date: May 5, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Ryan P. McCallister, David Howard
  • Publication number: 20110099200
    Abstract: A data sharing method using fingerprinted data objects for sharing data among untrusted network devices. Each peer device is adapted for storing a plurality of data objects, and a fingerprint generator is used to generate a fingerprint for each stored data object available for sharing or for recovery. The fingerprints are stored in a local data store, and a data manager running on one of the computer devices retrieves from another of the computer devices a copy of one of its data objects through the use of the associated fingerprints. The fingerprints include a hash value output from a strong hashing algorithm. The retrieving includes transmitting query messages with the fingerprints of the needed data objects to the networked, peer devices and then verifying the integrity of received data objects by generating a fingerprint of the received data objects that can be compared with the ones provided in the queries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: JOSEPH BLOUNT, CHARLES BINFORD, STACY LEE MAYDEW
  • Publication number: 20110099535
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein include one or more of systems, methods, software, and/or data structures to implement a multi-way branch statement in a computer programming language. The multi-way branch statement may include a plurality of case labels each having a non-primitive data type (e.g., strings) and being associated with a block of code to be executed dependent upon a control variable that also has a non-primitive data type. The implementation may include encoding the case labels for the multi-way branch statement as a binary decision diagram (BDD), such as a zero-suppressed binary decision diagram (ZDD), wherein the control variable for the multi-way branch statement may be compared with the case labels by stepping through the BDD. The BDD may include identifiers that provide information regarding which of the case labels is matched by the control variable, such that an appropriate code block may be executed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 28, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: ALEXANDER R. BUCKLEY, JOSEPH D. DARCY
  • Publication number: 20110099175
    Abstract: Various embodiments herein include one or more of systems, methods, software, and/or data structures to implement a “pluperfect” hash function. Generally, a pluperfect hash function is a hash function that maps distinct elements in a set S to distinct hash values H with no collisions (i.e., perfect hash function) and also includes an additional constraint that the hash function does not map other elements outside the set S into the set of distinct hash values H. In some example embodiments, pluperfect hash functions are used to implement a multi-way branch statement in a computer programming language. The implementation may include generating hash values for each of the case labels of the branch statement according to a pluperfect hash function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 27, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Joseph D. Darcy
  • Publication number: 20110099154
    Abstract: A data deduplication method providing direct look up and storage in an instance repository (IR). The method includes receiving a data object and processing the data object to generate a fingerprint that includes a location component, which defines a file location within the IR such as by first using a hash function to create a hash for the data object and parsing the hash value into sub-strings defining sub-directories of the IR. The method includes determining whether the data object is a duplicate by verifying the presence of a file in the IR at the file location. Determining if the data is unique involves performing a system call on the IR providing the location component as the file path. The method includes, when a file is not in the IR, updating the IR to store the data object as a file at the file location defined by the location component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 22, 2009
    Publication date: April 28, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Stacy Lee Maydew, Scott Cary Hammett, Howard Leslie Freeman
  • Patent number: 7933875
    Abstract: A distributed file system is disclosed which may include one or more input/output (I/O) nodes and one or more compute nodes. The I/O nodes and the compute nodes may be communicably coupled through an interconnect. Each compute node may include applications to perform specific functions and perform I/O functions through libraries and file system call handlers. The file system call handlers may be capable of providing application programming interfaces (APIs) to facilitate communication between the plurality of I/O nodes and the applications. The file system call handlers may use a message port system to communicate with other compute nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2006
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Harriet G. Coverston, Anton B. Rang, Brian D. Reitz, Andrew B. Hastings
  • Publication number: 20110093721
    Abstract: Some embodiments provide systems and techniques for performing parameterizable cryptography. An encryption key can be determined based at least on a string associated with an authorization policy. The encryption key can then be used to encrypt information. The decryption key can also be determined based at least on the string associated with the authorization policy. Note that the authorization policy must be satisfied to decrypt information. In some embodiments, the systems and techniques for performing parameterizable cryptography are blindable. These blindable embodiments can be used to preserve privacy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Radia J. Perlman
  • Publication number: 20110093646
    Abstract: A method for processing a read request identifying an address. The method includes receiving, at a module including a flash memory and a memory buffer, the read request from a requesting processor, mapping, using a coherence directory controller within the module, the address to a cache line in a cache memory associated with a remote processor, and sending a coherency message from the module to the remote processor to change a state of the cache line in the cache memory. The method further includes receiving, at the module, the cache line from the remote processor, sending, using processor bus and in response to the read request, the cache line to the requesting processor, identifying a requested page stored within the flash memory based on the address, storing a copy of the requested page in the memory buffer, and writing the cache line to the copy of the requested page.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Pranay Koka, Michael Oliver McCracken, Herbert Dewitt Schwetman, JR., Jan Lodewijk Bonebakker
  • Publication number: 20110091035
    Abstract: A system including a memory; a software interface, operatively connected to the memory, and configured to generate a modified version of a confidentially key (CKey), and a modified version of an integrity key (IKey); and a Kasumi engine having a hardware implementation of a Kasumi cipher and configured to load the modified version of the CKey from the memory to perform a confidentiality function, and to load the modified version of the IKey from memory to perform an integrity function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Lawrence Spracklen, Farnad Sajjadian, Christopher H. Olson, Sanjay Patel
  • Publication number: 20110093731
    Abstract: Implementations of the present invention may involve methods and systems to improve the combined power consumption and thermal response of individual components of a computer system as the components are stressed concurrently during simulation or testing of the system. A group of operating system-level instruction sets for several individual components of the computer system may be designed to stress the components and executed concurrently while power and thermal measurements are taken. The instruction sets may utilize one or more software threads of the computer system or hardware threads such that minimal interference between components occurs as the system is tested. Further, the system components may be partitioned between separate instruction sets. By minimizing the interference between the components while the system is operating, a more accurate power consumption and thermal effect measurements may be taken on the computer system to better approximate the performance of the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: Sun Microsystems, Inc.
    Inventors: Alok Parikh, Amandeep Singh
  • Publication number: 20110090915
    Abstract: A system including first and second virtualized execution environments and a hypervisor for sending packets between virtualized execution environments. The first virtualized execution environment includes a first VNIC associated with a first hardware address (HA), a first proxy VNIC associated with a second HA, and a virtual switch. A Vswitch table for the virtual switch includes entries associating the first HA with the first VNIC and the second HA with the first proxy VNIC. The second virtualized execution environment includes a second proxy VNIC associated with the first HA. The virtual switch receives a first packet associated with the second HA. The virtual switch sends the first packet to the first proxy VNIC when Vswitch table entry associates the second HA with the first proxy VNIC. The first VNIC proxy sends the first packet from the first virtualized execution environment to the second virtualized execution environment using the hypervisor.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Nicolas G. Droux, Sunay Tripathi
  • Publication number: 20110090225
    Abstract: A method for level of detail in a 3D environment application involves establishing a tiered system for processing a graphical object at a distance from a perspective point. The tiered system comprises a first level and a second level, the first level for processing the graphical object at a first range from the perspective point, and the second level for processing the graphical object at a second range from the perspective point. The method also involves determining the distance of the graphical object from the perspective point, assigning, while rendering the graphical object and based on the distance, the graphical object to a corresponding level of the tiered system, and executing a virtual processor assigned to the graphical object. The virtual processor executes every frame when the graphical object is assigned to the first level, less than every frame when assigned to the second level, and displaying the graphical object.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventor: Douglas Clay Twilleager
  • Publication number: 20110091157
    Abstract: A multi-chip module (MCM), which includes a three-dimensional (3D) stack of chips that are coupled using optical interconnects, is described. In this MCM, disposed on a first surface of a middle chip in the 3D stack, there are: a first optical coupler, an optical waveguide, which is coupled to the first optical coupler, and a second optical coupler, which is coupled to the optical waveguide. The first optical coupler redirects an optical signal from the optical waveguide to a first direction (which is not in the plane of the first surface), or from the first direction to the optical waveguide. Moreover, the second optical coupler redirects the optical signal from the optical waveguide to a second direction (which is not in the plane of the first surface), or from the second direction to the optical waveguide. Note that an optical path associated with the second direction passes through an opening in a substrate in the middle chip.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 19, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Jin Yao, Xuezhe Zheng, Ashok V. Krishnamoorthy, John E. Cunningham
  • Publication number: 20110090910
    Abstract: A system and method for providing network connectivity to a host, involving creating a virtual switch on the host, specifying at least one data link attribute of the virtual switch, creating a plurality of virtual network interface cards (VNICs) on the host, associating each of the plurality of VNICs with the virtual switch, and assigning the at least one data link attribute of the virtual switch to each of the plurality of VNICs, where the virtual switch is connected to a physical network interface card (NIC) associated with the host, where each of the plurality of VNICs is associated with a different one of a plurality of execution environments, where the plurality of execution environments is located on the host, and where the plurality of VNICs is located on the host.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 16, 2009
    Publication date: April 21, 2011
    Applicant: SUN MICROSYSTEMS, INC.
    Inventors: Sunay Tripathi, Nicolas G. Droux, Kais Belgaied