Patents Examined by Kevin A. Kriess
  • Patent number: 5835759
    Abstract: A computer application stored on a storage medium (e.g., a portable storage medium such as a compact disk) is automatically launched. Initialization information expressed in accordance with a predefined syntax is stored on the storage medium. Also stored in the computer is "launching" information sufficient, together with the initialization information, to enable the computer to launch the application. The application is automatically launched, without user intervention, by reading the initialization information and using it in connection with the launching information stored in the computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: November 10, 1998
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Mark Douglass Moore, David M. Burckhartt, Drew S. Johnson, Norman P. Brown, Randall L. Hess
  • Patent number: 5828888
    Abstract: In a computer network, a master computer has an operating system (OS) management table for mapping unique addresses of the network computers to respective versions of an operating system and a status table for mapping the unique addresses to respective busy/idle states of the computers and to respective queues. A list of the OS versions is retrieved from the management table to allow user at a source computer to select one of the versions, and a request is sent to the master computer. In response, the master computer makes a search through the management table for remote computers in which the operating system of the selected version is installed and makes a search through the status table to determine their busy/idle states and to detect one of their queues having shortest length if all of the remote computers are busy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventors: Mitsuyoshi Kozaki, Kiyohiko Yoshida
  • Patent number: 5828887
    Abstract: A method for loading a software application for use at a client node (24, 30) of a network (12, 14) includes activating a program loader system (48) at the client node (24, 30). A user-specific software application setup file (56) is then transmitted from a file server (22, 28) to the client node (24, 30).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 23, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 27, 1998
    Assignee: Electronic Data Systems Corporation
    Inventors: Jeffrey N. Yeager, Aaron W. Marshall, Joel R. Jensen
  • Patent number: 5826063
    Abstract: An integrated circuit allows a user or system designer to program the length of a transaction cycle by programming the lengths of the setup time period, the command time period and the recovery time period, individually. An eight-bit register is used to store a two-bit prescaler value and a six-bit count value for each of the setup, command and recovery time periods. The value represented by the prescaler is then multiplied by the count value and the resulting value is input to a timer which counts down from the resulting value, signalling to a state machine when it has reached zero. A four-state state machine sends the command to begin each transaction cycle and each setup, command and recovery time period within each transaction cycle. The state machine is notified by the timer when the time period has elapsed for each of the three states so that it can send the signal to begin the next state.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventors: Bryan Michael Richter, Stephen Arthur Smith
  • Patent number: 5826080
    Abstract: A method of scheduling tasks subject to timing and succession constraints essentially comprises grouping the tasks in layers according to succession constraints and scheduling the tasks layer by layer in increasing layer order up to the last layer, if possible, and then deciding that the resulting scheduling succeeds. If the scheduling achieved in a layer other than the first layer does not satisfy one or more constraints applying to a task belonging to the current layer, the method reschedules a layer containing a predecessor task corresponding to an unsatisfied constraint, schedules or reschedules all the other layers higher than the layer of the predecessor task, up to the last layer, if possible, and then decides that the resulting scheduling succeeds. Applications include scheduling of transmission of information on an industrial data bus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 2, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Cegelec
    Inventor: Jozef Dworzecki
  • Patent number: 5826078
    Abstract: A job re-execution system includes a status output controller for outputting a process status listing of each job, to an output unit. The processes to be re-executed are selected with an input unit. A process controller controls a processor to execute the processes. The processes to be re-executed are also selected by a re-execution controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Tamio Funaki
  • Patent number: 5825651
    Abstract: The invention provides the ability to interactively select and configure a product among a set of related products based on availability and compatibility of features and options. It does not impose an order in the selection of products, features or options; only valid selections can be made at any time. To create an electronic representation of the product information to achieve the above goal, the invention provides a framework for defining a systems by defining the components of the system using elements contained in a parts catalog and defining relationships between the components of a system. A configuration system validates a configuration using the system definition, the current state of the configuration and user input.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: Trilogy Development Group, Inc.
    Inventors: Neeraj Gupta, Venky Veeraraghavan, Ajay Agarwal
  • Patent number: 5826090
    Abstract: An improved operating system for a computer provides support for specific hardware components. The operating system is loaded by first loading a base portion which initializes the operating system and determines the particular type of hardware components present. Then, appropriate software components are loaded that are specifically associated with the hardware components. The hardware components can be detected by leaving a trace in the memory device that is associated with the software component and later retrieving the trace, or by testing the computer for the hardware component. The hardware component may be a bus architecture selected from a group of bus architectures, and bus-independent interfaces are defined which are mapped to addresses in the kernel. Alternatively, the software component can include a PAL which contains specific instructions for communicating with the hardware component. The PAL is constructed from a plurality of files each associated with the hardware component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 20, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Bruce Gerard Mealey, Randal Craig Swanberg, Michael Stephen Williams
  • Patent number: 5822581
    Abstract: A computer system is provided for storing CMOS configuration information in FLASH and for retrieving a copy of the CMOS configuration information stored in FLASH into a CMOS RAM memory. The computer system includes a processor, a computer readable CMOS RAM memory device coupled to the processor, the CMOS RAM devices having system configuration information programmed therein. The computer system further includes a computer readable RAM memory device coupled to the processor, a computer readable non-volatile memory device coupled to the processor, the non-volatile memory having a first block of memory including CMOS RAM configuration information programmed therein.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 1995
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Orville Christeson
  • Patent number: 5822590
    Abstract: The dbX persistent programming language model solves the problem of seamlessly providing an unfragmented, persistible, complex object heap space that extends beyond virtual memory to a program in a host programming language X. It does so without rewriting a compiler for X and without operating system or hardware dependencies. It uses a memory pointer as a pointer to a persistible object, with the lvalue of the pointer providing a hook to the OID of the object. The lvalues of pointers to persistible objects, their associated OIDs and other information about persistible objects are maintained in a global data structure. Unresolved pointers to persistible objects point to an unusable area of memory, and dereferencing them triggers object faulting. A keyword and an overloaded allocation operator are used to identify statically and dynamically allocated pieces of memory respectively as persistible.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 1991
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Texas Instruments Incorporated
    Inventor: Anil Gupta
  • Patent number: 5822582
    Abstract: A multi-boot apparatus allows a portable computer to boot from a predetermined list of bootable data storage devices, even if the data storage devices have been relocated during operation. The computer system has a hard disk bay and multi-bay for accepting one or more data storage devices and/or battery packs. During initialization, the invention retrieves a previously entered IPL sequence from a configuration setup table stored in the nonvolatile RAM of the portable computer. Next, the invention queries each bay and determines the device connected to each bay, including the data storage device and the battery pack, if one is present. The invention then determines if a remapping of the data storage drives is necessary to ensure that the device at the beginning of the IPL order is the first drive in the BIOS boot sequence. If so, the invention remaps the drives such that the device is at the first drive in the BIOS boot sequence.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 13, 1998
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Philip H. Doragh, William C. Hallowell
  • Patent number: 5819087
    Abstract: A computer system having a processor, a microcontroller, a flash ROM is provided with an address remapper for handling warm-boot events, and an arbiter for selectively assigning the ownership of the flash ROM to either the microprocessor or the microcontroller. The arbiter assigns the flash ROM initially to the microcontroller when power is initially provided to the system. After the flash ROM boots up and checks the integrity of the flash ROM and updates the content of the flash ROM with valid firmware if necessary, the microcontroller releases the flash ROM to the microprocessor to enable the computer system to proceed with the normal boot-up process. In this process, various system self tests are performed. Next, the microprocessor copies or shadows one or more portions of the flash ROM BIOS into a main memory array. After the shadow operation, the processor sets a remap bit to indicate that the ROM BIOS content has been copied into the main memory array.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 31, 1996
    Date of Patent: October 6, 1998
    Assignee: Compaq Computer Corporation
    Inventors: Hung Q. Le, David J. Delisle, Maria Lucia Melo
  • Patent number: 5815705
    Abstract: The present invention provides a method in a computer system of integrating a compression system with an operating system. The computer system preferably comprises at least a memory device and one storage device. A user-supplied device driver is provided for storage devices that are not supported by the computer system to enable the computer system to communicate with the storage devices. In response to initialization of the computer system, the operating/compression system is loaded into the memory device and begins executing before any user-supplied device drivers are loaded into the memory device. Any compressed volume files located on the computer system are assigned drive letters at this time. When the user-supplied device drivers are loaded into the memory device, drive letters are assigned to the various storage devices. A drive letter conflict resolution scheme is provided to resolve conflicts that occur when the operating system attempts to assign a drive letter.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 25, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 29, 1998
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Benjamin W. Slivka, Charles A. Strouss, III, Scott D. Quinn
  • Patent number: 5812857
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for downloading firmware upgrades to a targeted remote field configurable embedded computer system over a computer network. The targeted device need not be disconnected from the network and requires no human intervention at the remote site. The entire firmware, including the downloading mechanism, can be updated in an efficient manner.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: Extended Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Eric L. Nelson, Michael L. Evans, Lance N. Shelton, Jared C. Roundy
  • Patent number: 5812846
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for implementation in a computing system (5) which allows the transfer of control from one process (10) to another process (40). The input/output supervisor (20) and a newly provided control mechanism (50) are used to switch control. Transfer of data between the two processes is carried out using a data pool (75). This data pool (75) is accessible to both processes (10, 40) through the control mechanism (50).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 22, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Bernd Dowedeit
  • Patent number: 5809564
    Abstract: A method and system for swapping blocks of data between a main memory area and a secondary storage area of a computer system that uses absolute addresses as its native addressing format. A series of linked information structures is maintained in the main memory area of the computer system. Each information structure allocates storage for a near return address pointer, a previous information structure pointer, a reference number and an offset. A first and second data block are swapped into the main memory area of the computer system. When the first data block transfers control to the second data block, a memory location indicating an absolute address for this point of transfer is stored in an information structure associated with the first data block. Prior to swapping the first data block out of the main memory area, the absolute address is resolved into a reference number and an offset. This resolved address is then stored in an information structure associated with the first data block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 1994
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew C. Craze, Robert I. Davidson, Paul W. Davis
  • Patent number: 5809302
    Abstract: Described herein is a system and method for enabling an application to pass a structure containing a pointer member to an external entity, wherein the application represents a computer program executing in a computer system, and the computer program is written in a computer programming language that does not support pointers. The application declares a variable V, a structure type having a member P, and a variable M of the structure type. The application invokes a function written in a computer programming language that supports pointers. A reference to the variable V is passed to the function. The function, when executed, obtains and returns an address of the variable V. The application sets the member P in the variable M equal to the address of the variable V. The application then passes the variable M to an external entity. In this manner, the present invention enables a structure having a pointer embedded therein to be passed to the external entity.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 15, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: I-Shin Andy Wang, Frederick Thomas Sharp, Rita Shiao-yuan Wu, John Shek-Luen Ng, Kuo-Wei Hwang, David Y. Chen
  • Patent number: 5805891
    Abstract: A system and method for managing the maintenance of computer software is provided. The invention receives a software maintenance module. The invention verifies the validity of the software maintenance module. The invention builds a maintenance job for the software maintenance module. The invention determines whether the software maintenance module requires test, and submits the module to test if required. The invention evaluates the installation and/or test results of a software maintenance module. The invention sends the software maintenance module to end users. The invention coordinates the exchange of information between software developers, system managers, and end users. The invention performs oversight functions on a periodic basis. The invention provides a user interface for manual control of automatic functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Girma Sitotaw Bizuneh, Russel Lyman Brooks, Michael J. Daniel
  • Patent number: 5805880
    Abstract: An essential utility routine accesses a protected computer system component by making a call to a coprocessor that performs a desired function to avoid security measures imposed by an operating system. Various suitable coprocessors include an additional coprocessor connected to a host processor running the operating system imposing the security measures such as a coprocessor on a add-in card to a computer system, a microcontroller, or a system management mode (SMM) program running on the host processor. The essential utility operates on a computer system having a processor operating under an operating system and a storage. The operating system includes software which limits access to the storage. The utility includes a coprocessor, a software interface and a utility routine. The coprocessor is connected to the storage and operative independent of the operating system for accessing the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: Dell USA, LP
    Inventors: John J. Pearce, Craig S. Jones
  • Patent number: 5805898
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for estimating the time needed to install software. Configuration information about the data processing system is obtained, as well as information about data needing conversion that is stored on the system. The stand-alone installation time for each portion of the software to be installed is determined and a menu of the installation options is displayed for selection. In response to the selection of options, a determination of whether the installation will be non-linear is made. Non-linear installation involves the ability to install several portions of the software simultaneously, such as in, for example, multiprocessing, multithreading, or parallel processing. In response to a presence of non-linear processing, installation time is determined for the selected options and displayed to the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 24, 1995
    Date of Patent: September 8, 1998
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Eric Lawrence Barsness, Richard Fred Harwood, Jennifer Anne Larson