Patents Examined by Clayton R Williams
  • Patent number: 10176020
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for methods for management of logically partitioned computing resources of a data processing system configured with hypervisors that each manages one or more logical partitions of the computing resources. The data processing system is configured with domains, and allocated to each domain are one or more hypervisors and logical partitions managed thereby. For a first domain, a token is received from a second domain. The token identifies available computing resources of the second domain that are available for temporary allocation. The data processing system determines whether the available computing resources of the second domain are needed by the first domain based at least in part on the received token. Responsive to determining that the available computing resources are needed by the first domain, the available computing resources are temporarily allocated to the first domain for use thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Narsimha R. Challa, Adam T. Stallman
  • Patent number: 10176019
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide for systems and computer program products for management of logically partitioned computing resources of a data processing system configured with hypervisors that each manages one or more logical partitions of the computing resources. The data processing system is configured with domains, and allocated to each domain are one or more hypervisors and logical partitions managed thereby. For a first domain, a token is received from a second domain. The token identifies available computing resources of the second domain that are available for temporary allocation. The data processing system determines whether the available computing resources of the second domain are needed by the first domain based at least in part on the received token. Responsive to determining that the available computing resources are needed by the first domain, the available computing resources are temporarily allocated to the first domain for use thereby.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 8, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Narsimha R. Challa, Adam T. Stallman
  • Patent number: 10171527
    Abstract: A monitoring computer system receives a message, from a first party, which identifies a goal of the first party. The monitoring computer system receives an identity of a second party that has been selected by the first party to assist the first party in achieving the identified goal of the first party. An electronic communication connection is created for electronic communications between the first party and the second party, wherein the electronic communications are related to accomplishing the identified goal of the first party. The electronic communications between the first party and the second party are monitored by executing message analytics to determine a status of the identified goal of the first party. In response to receiving a goal abandonment message, identifying an abandonment of the identified goal by the first party, the monitoring computer system disconnects the electronic communication connection between the first party and the second party.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 23, 2017
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Paul R. Bastide, Matthew E. Broomhall, Robert E. Loredo, Dale M. Schultz
  • Patent number: 10162847
    Abstract: An apparatus, method, system, and computer-readable medium are provided for maintaining contact information associated with a contact. In some embodiments a request associated with a contact may be received. Contact information may be obtained from one or more external or internal sources. One or more confidence scores may be generated for the obtained contact information and for one or more values received with the request. Based on the confidence score(s), one or more values associated with the contact may be incorporated in one or more data stores. In some embodiments, suggestions for contact related information may be generated. Responses to the suggestions may be used to update the generated confidence score(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 13, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 25, 2018
    Assignee: Comcast Interactive Media, LLC
    Inventors: Peter Lester, Justin Miller, Hendrick Lee, Aseem Sharma, Galen Trevor Gattis, Amber Dixon, Huy Tuan Nguyen, Derek McGowan, John McCrea
  • Patent number: 10158741
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer programs are presented for managing interaction between users in a social network. One method includes receiving one or more first user interactions made by a user account in a social network system with content presented in a user interface on a display device. The content is associated with a first entity account in the social network system. The first user interactions include one or more endorsements of the content or the first entity account. The method further includes calculating, by at least one processor, a level of endorsement of the first entity account by the user account based on the endorsements. The method further includes providing a limited level of access to the first entity account to add one or more posts to a stream of the user account in a stream user interface of the social network system based on the level of endorsement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2016
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Michael Nestler, Karthik M. Nagaraj, Dennis Troper, Pavan Desikan, Pavani Diwanji
  • Patent number: 10148529
    Abstract: The present invention discloses an apparatus of mapping logical point-of-delivery to physical point-of-delivery, which is capable of maintaining the completeness and consistency of each project's point-of-delivery environment within a corporate data center by utilizing session mechanisms in each layer of the TINA-variation architecture. The apparatus of the present invention is based on a new TINA-variation architecture, which vertically includes four session layers: Access Session Layer, Service Session Layer, Resource Session Layer, and Provision Session Layer. Resource Session Layer and Provision Session Layer are among the innovative features of the present invention. The service target of the new architecture is enterprise data center. The new architecture is left-right asymmetrical; it horizontally includes Project Developer Domain, Resource Provision Domain, and Application User Domain.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: December 4, 2018
    Assignee: Transoft (Shanghai), Inc.
    Inventors: Changbin Tang, Qin Zhu
  • Patent number: 10142414
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to a method and a device for sharing a picture, which facilitates the user to manage pictures in the shared album. The method includes determining whether a picture to be synchronized to a shared album in a cloud server is present in a terminal, determining whether a face feature in the picture matches with a predefined face feature in a first list when the picture to be synchronized to a shared album in the cloud server is present in the terminal, the first list including one or more predefined face features relating to people associated with the shared album, and storing the picture in the shared album when the face feature in the picture matches with a predefined face feature in the first list. The technical solutions of the present disclosure may realize a shared album in a unit of person corresponding to a predefined face feature, which facilitates the user to manage pictures in the shared album.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 27, 2018
    Assignee: Xiaomi Inc.
    Inventors: Zhijun Chen, Tao Zhang, Wendi Hou
  • Patent number: 10122795
    Abstract: A method begins by a processing module of a computing device, in response to sending a set of write requests regarding a set of encoded data slices sent to a set of storage units, receiving write response ballots from some storage units. The method continues with the processing module interpreting the write response ballots to determine whether the write requests have a consensus number of highest rankings. When the computing device has the consensus number of highest rankings, the method continues with the processing module interpreting the write response ballots to determine whether a write threshold number of encoded data slices is listed in lists of correctly stored new revision levels. When the write threshold number of encoded data slices is listed, the method continues with the processing module issuing a set of finalize commands to the set of storage units.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew D. Baptist, Greg R. Dhuse, Ravi V. Khadiwala, Ilya Volvovski
  • Patent number: 10097503
    Abstract: Systems, methods, apparatuses, and software that select network addresses of a content node of a content delivery network are provided herein. In one example, a method of operating a control node to perform network address selection that selects between different communication service providers according to network characteristics is presented. The control node receives a domain name lookup request from an end user device to reach a content node. The control node processes network characteristics and the domain name lookup request to select a network address that corresponds to one of the communication service providers. The end user device can use the selected network address to reach the content node over the selected communication service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2018
    Assignee: Fastly, Inc.
    Inventor: Artur Bergman
  • Patent number: 10091323
    Abstract: Systems and methods of generating a common social timeline to facilitate social discovery in a social networking environment are disclosed. In one aspect, embodiments of the present disclosure include a method, which may be implemented on a system, of receiving data items associated with users of the social network, identifying a first set of data items associated with a first user, and processing the first set of data items to select a first set of characteristics. The method further comprises comparing the first set of characteristics with other sets of characteristics describing other users to select a subset of the other users having one or more characteristics that are the same or similar to one or more of the first set of characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: THE MEET GROUP, INC.
    Inventors: Johann Schleier-Smith, Greg Tseng, Jared Kim
  • Patent number: 10079747
    Abstract: A method is implemented by a network device to establish a one-way active measurement protocol (OWAMP) test session to verify that a session-sender and session-reflector support a timestamp format extension including a Precision Time Protocol Version 2 (PTPv2) timestamp format. The PTPv2 timestamp format is to be utilized in place of a Network Time Protocol (NTP) timestamp format. The network device acts as a control-client that communicates with a server to establish an OWAMP test session between the session-sender and the session-receiver.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventor: Gregory Mirsky
  • Patent number: 10069897
    Abstract: A device may receive an indication to establish a communication session between a first device and a second device for a file transfer. The device may receive, from the second device, metadata. The metadata may be used to identify files of a set of files. The device may identify the files for transfer from the second device to the first device based on the metadata. The device may cause multiple communication sessions to be established between the first device and the second device. The multiple connections may be used to transfer the files from the second device to the first device. The device may receive, from the second device, the files. The files may be received via the multiple communication sessions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Verizon Patent and Licensing Inc.
    Inventors: Sankar Shanmugam, Sivagnanalingam Sivaganesh, Moorthy Sengottaiyan, Manmeet Kaur, Muhammad Salman Ali, Petri Virkkula
  • Patent number: 10044766
    Abstract: Processing mid-dialog SIP messages by receiving a mid-dialog SIP message from a SIP user agent client, creating a new SIP session, associating the new SIP session with the mid-dialog SIP message, identifying an application that is associated with the mid-dialog SIP message, providing to the application the mid-dialog SIP message in the context of the new SIP session, receiving an acknowledgement from the application that the application will accept the mid-dialog SIP message, and responsive to receiving the acknowledgement, providing to the application the mid-dialog SIP message in the context of the new SIP session.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Nitzan Nissim, Brian L. Pulito, Asaf Zinger
  • Patent number: 10021209
    Abstract: Embodiments as disclosed provide a distributed caching solution that improve the performance and functionality of a content management platform for sites that are physically or logically remote from the primary site of the content management platform. In particular, according to embodiments, a remote cache server may be associated with a remote site to store local copies of documents that are managed by the primary content management platform. Periodically, a portion of the remote site's cache may be synchronized with the content management platform's primary site using an extensible architecture to ensure that content at the remote cache server is current.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 8, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Open Text SA ULC
    Inventors: Nicolae Ionescu, Dan-Horia Trufasiu, Peter Varga, Tao Zhou, Franz Pauthner, Yue Kuk Wong
  • Patent number: 10009402
    Abstract: System and method for optimizing a transcoding session between multiple terminals are disclosed. The method determines properties of the transcoding session, including a number of terminals participating in the transcoding session, media characteristics supported by each terminal, a measure of performance of the transcoding session to be optimized, and optionally a proportion of time involved in the transcoding session for each terminal. Then a cost function characterizing the measure of performance of the transcoding session and depending on the above properties of the transcoding session is built, followed by optimizing the cost function with respect to said measure of performance to determine an optimal measure of performance for the transcoding session and optimal values for the media characteristics for each terminal. In one embodiment, codecs used by multiple terminals and computational complexity of the transcoding session are optimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: VANTRIX CORPORATION
    Inventor: St├ęphane Coulombe
  • Patent number: 9979782
    Abstract: An enumeration technique is provided that requires no pre-assignment of addresses to slave devices connected through P2P links to a host device. With regard to any P2P link between devices, one device has a master interface and the remaining device has a slave interface. To distinguish between the master and slave interfaces, a master/slave status bit may be used. Each P2P link has a link ID that may be concatenated with the status bit for a corresponding interface (slave or master) to form a node ID. The host device receives a unique concatenated address from each slave device that represents a concatenation of the node ID for the slave and the node ID for any intervening interfaces between the slave device and the host device. The host device then assigns a unique Cartesian address to each slave device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventors: Lalan Jee Mishra, James Panian, Richard Wietfeldt
  • Patent number: 9961165
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for managing quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a participant focus metric for each of a plurality of participants of a communication session. The method may also include identifying one of the plurality of participants of the communication session as having sufficient capacity to support the communication session based upon, at least in part, the participant focus metric for each of the plurality of participants of the communication session. The method may also include selecting the one of the plurality of participants having a sufficient capacity to support the communication session as a selected focus for the communication session. The method may further include adaptively implementing a centralized communication session architecture utilizing the selected focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama, Jonathan Dunne, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9936045
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method, computer program product, and computing system is provided for managing quality of experience for communication sessions. In an implementation, a method may include determining a participant focus metric for each of a plurality of participants of a communication session. The method may also include identifying one of the plurality of participants of the communication session as having sufficient capacity to support the communication session based upon, at least in part, the participant focus metric for each of the plurality of participants of the communication session. The method may also include selecting the one of the plurality of participants having a sufficient capacity to support the communication session as a selected focus for the communication session. The method may further include adaptively implementing a centralized communication session architecture utilizing the selected focus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 3, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hitham Ahmed Assem Aly Salama, Jonathan Dunne, James P. Galvin, Jr., Patrick J. O'Sullivan
  • Patent number: 9923796
    Abstract: A method is implemented by a network device to establish a two-way active measurement protocol (TWAMP) test session to verify that a session sender and session reflector support a timestamp format extension including a Precision Time Protocol Version 2 (PTPv2) timestamp format. The PTPv2 timestamp format is to be utilized in place of a Network Time Protocol (NTP) timestamp format. The network device acts as a control-client that communicates with a server to establish the TWAMP test session between the session-sender and the session-reflector.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2018
    Assignee: Telefonaktiebolaget LM Ericsson (Publ)
    Inventor: Gregory Mirsky
  • Patent number: 9917873
    Abstract: A cloud computing device facilitates distribution of digital content by receiving multimedia content and a corresponding effect uploaded from a source device and storing the multimedia content with the corresponding effect, receiving an access request from a requesting device for the multimedia content, and determining whether the requesting device is a registered device. In response to the requesting device not being a registered device, the requesting device is registered and a registered device capabilities list is updated. A determination is made based on the registered device capabilities list on whether the requesting device is compatible with the multimedia content and effect. Based on a compatibility determination, data is transmitted to the requesting device to facilitate playback of the multimedia content and effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2018
    Assignee: CYBERLINK CORP.
    Inventor: Kuo-Chiang Hsieh