Patents Examined by Philip C. Lee
  • Patent number: 10686756
    Abstract: MAC addresses are flexibly and dynamically allocated across groups of devices that need MAC addresses. MAC address pools are defined for the groups by non-overlapping ranges of MAC addresses. The range of MAC addresses defined for any pool may be shrunk to support an expansion of the range of MAC addresses of another pool. The maximum number of universally-administered MAC addresses that can be defined for any MAC address pool is greater than 216, and the maximum number of locally-administered MAC addresses that can be defined for any MAC address pool is greater than 238.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 1, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 16, 2020
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Mukesh Baphna, Chi-Hsiang Su, Mallik Mahalingam, Jia Yu
  • Patent number: 10681096
    Abstract: Aspects of the disclosure relate to multicasting content throughout a distribution network. For example, a content server may generate content fragment packets and attribute packets, and transmit the content fragment packets and attribute packets via a multicast transmission to deliver content to one or more user devices. The multicast transmission may conform to a particular protocol suitable for multicasting content fragments.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Comcast Cable Communications, LLC
    Inventors: Brian Field, Jan Van Doorn, Mark Torluemke, Jim Hall, Daniel Groustra, John Leddy
  • Patent number: 10680984
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system for propensity-based SMS (Short Message Service) invitation filtering. During operation, the system collects multiple contact numbers associated with multiple invitation requests into a total set of contact numbers. Then, for one or more of the contact numbers, the system determines a propensity for a person associated with the contact number to click on a link in an electronic invitation sent to the contact number and subsequently create an account. Clicking on the link may connect the person to a user community that he or she has been invited to join. Once the propensity has been determined, the system ranks the contact numbers in the total set of contact numbers according to the propensities. Finally, for each contact number in the total set of contact numbers that is ranked above a specified threshold, the system processes an invitation for the contact number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2020
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Joonhyung Lim, Yang Zhou, Michael Maczka, Haifeng Ji, Damien Albert Louis Coullon, Reza Arbabi
  • Patent number: 10659522
    Abstract: Cloning a local environment is described. Cloning a local environment can enable sharing the environment during pair programming. Cloning can have other uses as well. A server or other computer may maintain a clone environment of a first client apart from a second client such that the cloned computing environment, mimicking the environment of the first client, may be maintained on behalf of and used by a second client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 23, 2011
    Date of Patent: May 19, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Yoshio Horiuchi, Kenji Uchida, Masaki Wakao
  • Patent number: 10637760
    Abstract: A method and system for network capacity planning are provided. The method includes: collecting utilization data related to a plurality of network resources on the network; determining a peak period for each of the network resources based on the utilization data; determining at least one key performance indicator (KPI) over the peak period for each of the network resources; aggregating each of the KPIs for each of the plurality of network resources; and outputting the aggregated KPIs. The system includes a data source module configured to collect utilization data related to a plurality of network resources; a peak period module configured to determine a peak period for each of the network resources based on the utilization data; a peak KPI module configured to determine at least one KPI over the peak period for each of the plurality of network resources; a KPI aggregation module configured to aggregate the KPIs for each of the network resources; and a processor module configured to output the aggregated KPIs.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: Sandvine Corporation
    Inventors: Anas Jadallah, Scot Loach
  • Patent number: 10637731
    Abstract: A system and method for configuring a cloud-enabled industrial control system is disclosed involving a cloud computing system receiving instrument data, configuring the instrument data to create an instrument index, alerting and automatically correcting, by a cloud service, configuration errors in the instrument index that occurred during the configuration of the instrument data; creating, by at least a rules engine cloud service using the instrument index, a hardware layout for at least a portion of the cloud-enabled industrial control system; and assigning, by the rules engine cloud service, input/output (I/O) points from the instrument index to the hardware layout to create an I/O configuration file for the cloud-enabled industrial control system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2017
    Date of Patent: April 28, 2020
    Assignee: INTELLIGENT PLATFORMS, LLC
    Inventor: Keith George McNab
  • Patent number: 10616127
    Abstract: Cloud migration may be performed by identifying applications that are currently operating in the enterprise and performing certain determinations as to whether those applications are proper candidates for the migration to the cloud. One example method of operation may provide identifying at least one application operating on an enterprise network, retrieving current usage data of the at least one application, comparing the current usage data of the at least one application to a threshold amount of usage data to determine whether the application has exceeded the threshold amount of usage data. Next, the creation of an instance process may be performed on an entity operating outside the enterprise network and the application may be operated via the instance process and otherwise terminated in the enterprise network to alleviate resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2013
    Date of Patent: April 7, 2020
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: John Michael Suit
  • Patent number: 10594804
    Abstract: In the context of a client sub-system that requires the use of directory services on behalf of a tenant (such as an overlay tenant), learning an identity of a server node, that can provide such directory services by: (i) sending, by the client sub-system to a first server node, a first directory service request for directory service for a first tenant; (ii) receiving, by the client sub-system, a first acknowledgement from a second server node; and (iii) learning, by the client sub-system, that the second server node can provide directory service for the first tenant based upon the first acknowledgement.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sushma Anantharam, Amitabha Biswas, Harshad S. Padhye
  • Patent number: 10594813
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and apparatus include computer programs encoded on a computer-readable storage medium, including a method for discovering unique entities over multiple devices. A virtual pool of entities is created and divided into subpools, each including fewer than all entities. Subpools are subdivided into delta pools. Cookies are recorded for each delta pool when the particular portion of content is presented to or accessed by entities in the delta pool. Recorded cookies are divided into cookie types based on cookie characteristics. Machine learning and statistical analysis algorithms are used to automatically determine sizes of delta pools and probabilities of each cookie type being classified as belonging to particular delta pools. Virtual entities are assigned from the virtual pool to each of the recorded cookies that were recorded when the particular portion of content was presented. A number of unique entities that accessed the particular portion of content is determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 17, 2020
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: James R. Koehler, Zachary Charles Frazier, Thomas A. Vaughan, Sheng Ma, Evgeny Skvortsov
  • Patent number: 10574727
    Abstract: An apparatus includes a microcontroller (404) configured to read from a Management Information Base (MIB) register (410) of an Ethernet switch (402) to obtain MIB statistic data (412) regarding a first Ethernet port of the Ethernet switch. The microcontroller is configured to transmit the obtained MIB statistic data to a field programmable gate array (FPGA) (406). The FPGA is configured to receive and store the obtained MIB statistic data in a buffer memory (418). The FPGA is configured to encapsulate the obtained MIB statistic data in an Ethernet frame (426). The FPGA is configured to determine a vacant time slot during which the Ethernet switch is not transmitting data to an external device (524). The FPGA is configured to transmit the Ethernet frame to the external device during the vacant time slot.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 25, 2020
    Assignee: Honeywell International Inc.
    Inventors: Amit Kulkarni, Sameer D. Manikfan, Raja Sekhar Chanapathi, Parimal Kulkarni
  • Patent number: 8015241
    Abstract: A system for posting web logging (blog) messages, retrieving blog messages, and being notified of the posting of blog messages by way of dispatch communications. The system includes a wireless communication system capable of setting up dispatch communications links between subscriber units and a dispatch server. The dispatch server interfaces with a blog server. Using dispatch communications, subscriber units may send messages to the blog server for posting by way of the dispatch server, may receive notification of the posting of messages from the blog server by way of the dispatch server, and may retrieve messages from the blog server by way of the dispatch server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: September 6, 2011
    Assignee: Nextel Communications Inc.
    Inventors: Erich Joseph Izdepski, Ojas Thakor Choksi
  • Patent number: 8001197
    Abstract: A method of routing an email message comprises receiving a message to be routed, receiving details of a first recipient of the message, receiving an indication of a second recipient of the message, the indication defining a relationship to the first recipient, obtaining an address for the first recipient, obtaining an address for the second recipient, and transmitting the email message to the first and second recipients.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 16, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gordon Douglas Hutchison, Joseph Robert Winchester
  • Patent number: 7979549
    Abstract: A computer system that implements a quality of service policy. Information defining the quality of service policy is stored in a central location, such as a server within an enterprise. Policy management software on clients in the network download quality of service policy information from the central location to the clients. Within a client, a portion of the policy information is selected based on its applicability to a particular connection. The selected information is cached with an association to the connection so that, as datagrams are generated for transmission over the network, relevant policy information is quickly accessed for use in controlling transmission characteristics of datagrams sent using that connection. Additionally, time information may be associated with information in the cache as well as policy information available from the server. Whenever a datagram is to be transmitted over a connection associated with out-of-date policy information in the cache, the cache information is updated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Dennis G. Frost, Eric K. Han, Khawar M. Zuberi, Shuangtong Feng
  • Patent number: 7966373
    Abstract: An automated system for delivery of messages to multiple recipients, and for processing of responses to the messages, includes a message client, message server, and system database. A message is created using a universal message form. The message content can be translated into multiple formats and sent to one or more different recipients using one or more different types of messaging devices, including pagers, telephones, fax machines, and e-mail readers. A recipient profile manager allows each recipient to select the messaging devices to be used for message delivery as well as preferred messaging schedules, priorities, and message security. Receipt of the messages by the recipients is verified, response requirements collected and consolidated from multiple sources and presented to the message originator in a structured format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Assignee: Dialogic Communications Corporation
    Inventors: Charles M. Smith, Harold D. St. Clair
  • Patent number: 7921188
    Abstract: A computer system is described having a plurality of resources which includes a plurality of processors, a distributed point-to-point transmission infrastructure for interconnecting the plurality of processors, and a partitioning processor for configuring the plurality of resources into at least one partition. Each partition comprises a subset of the plurality of resources. The partitioning processor is operable to configure the resources by enabling at least one link between at least one of the plurality of processors and at least one other one of the plurality of processors according to a previously specified partitioning schema. The link(s) so enabled corresponds to a portion of the point-to-point transmission infrastructure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 16, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 5, 2011
    Assignee: Newisys, Inc.
    Inventors: Richard R. Oehler, William G. Kulpa
  • Patent number: 7917638
    Abstract: In the event of an unintentional interruption, a token issued by a host system to a client system is used to reestablish communications without disrupting applications on the client system. If the host system provided an Internet Protocol address to the client system to be used during the interrupted communications session, the host system reserves the communications address during an interruption in communications for a period sufficient to permit reestablishment of communications using the reserved address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 29, 2011
    Inventors: Barry Appelman, Eric Bosco, Rich Thornberg
  • Patent number: 7904540
    Abstract: A system and method for planning placement of virtual machines VMs in a computing environment comprising a set of hosting machines HM. The method includes constructing a bipartite directed graph-based model that represents both a current and a target placement states, both including virtual machine nodes v in VM and nodes h in HM. Using a technique of graph pruning, the method iteratively generates a plan for achieving a desired target placement starting from the current placement without temporarily violating any policy or resource constraint. The application of the pruning algorithm to VM deployment automation necessarily defines a new model. The methodology employed safely manages concurrent changes in a datacenter, so that the environment can adjust faster to changing constraints. Furthermore, the present invention allows detection of migration cycles, caused by deadlocked combinations of capacity and policy constraints, and resolving them.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Erez Hadad, Yosef Moatti
  • Patent number: 7904600
    Abstract: A method, program product and system for integrating user specific output options into an upload for a network service, the method comprising: obtaining information regarding user specific output options from an source that is not a part of the network service; and, incorporating the user specific output options into user interface data to be uploaded from a network service to a network service agent of the user. Another embodiment provides an implementation at the client side.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 8, 2011
    Assignee: Hewlott-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Robert John Madril, Jr., Roger Scott Twede, Shell S. Simpson
  • Patent number: 7899879
    Abstract: A method of optimizing the delivery of a set of data elements from a first device to a second device. The method includes retrieving from a data source the set of data elements, including a first subset of the set of data elements, a second subset of the set of data elements, and a third subset of the set of data elements. The method also includes transferring the first subset of the set of data elements to the second device. The method further includes selecting a forth subset of the set of data elements, wherein the forth subset can be comprised of data elements from the first subset and the second subset; or wherein the forth subset can be comprised of data elements from the second subset and the third subset. The method also includes transferring a forth subset of the set of data elements to the second device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2011
    Assignee: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventor: Tal Broda
  • Patent number: 7890663
    Abstract: Methods are provided for determining a master node on a ring network. According to one embodiment, a first node on the ring network initiates circulation of an arbitration token by (i) determining an arbitration token timeout period has elapsed and (ii) transmitting the arbitration token to a neighboring node. Upon receipt of the arbitration token by a node, it determines its relative priority by comparing its ID to an ID field of the arbitration token, initialized by the first node. If the node is determined to be higher priority, then it overwrites the ID field and retransmits the arbitration token onto the ring network. If the node is determined to be lower priority, then the node retransmits the arbitration token without overwriting the ID field. If the node is determined to be of equal priority and the node is the first node, then it assumes the master node role.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2006
    Date of Patent: February 15, 2011
    Assignee: Fortinet, Inc.
    Inventor: Tim Millet