Patents Examined by Wei Zhen
  • Patent number: 10025584
    Abstract: Firmware management of SR-IOV adapters in a computing system includes: receiving, by a hypervisor, a request to update a hypervisor-hosted firmware image including replacing a firmware image previously stored in a reserved memory space of the hypervisor with a replacement firmware image, where the hypervisor-hosted firmware image includes an SR-IOV adapter firmware image configured for installation on SR-IOV adapters of a particular type; determining whether all SR-IOV adapters of the particular type in the computing system have been updated to the previously stored firmware image; and updating the hypervisor-hosted firmware image only if all SR-IOV adapters of the particular type in the computing system have been updated to the previously stored firmware image, including replacing, in the reserved memory space, the previously stored firmware image with the replacement firmware image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Manu Anand, Jesse P. Arroyo, Charles S. Graham, Timothy J. Schimke
  • Patent number: 10025581
    Abstract: An information processing apparatus includes: a program receiver that receives a new program externally, the new program for updating of an existing program; a set values receiver that receives new set values externally, the new set values including version information, the version information identifying the version of program linked to the new set values; a version judgment portion that judges whether or not the version information included in the new set values matches a current program currently installed or the new program to be installed, the new program being received by the program receiver; and an update portion that updates all the set values if the version information matches the current or new program, or only some of the set values if the version information does not match the current or new program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 17, 2018
    Assignee: KONICA MINOLTA, INC.
    Inventors: Hiroshi Sugiura, Hiroki Ueda, Junichi Isamikawa, Akihiko Oda, Mitsuharu Nagai
  • Patent number: 10019253
    Abstract: Systems and methods are provided for updating hot-pluggable devices of an information handling system using dynamic EFI System Resource Table (ESRT) entries to implement an ESRT entry update procedure for hot-pluggable devices. Extended configuration space (e.g., such as PCIe Extended Config Space) of a hot-pluggable device may be utilized to store firmware update version information such as firmware version details, which is used in the OS space to update the ESRT table, and the system OS may read and apply the updated firmware version information and apply the firmware update immediately without additional OS reboots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Sumanth Vidyadhara, Parmeshwr Prasad, Srinivas G. Gowda, Raghavendra Venkataramudu
  • Patent number: 10019275
    Abstract: In a virtualized computer system operable in more than two hierarchical privilege levels, components of a hypervisor, which include a virtual machine kernel and virtual machine monitors (VMMs), are assigned to different privilege levels. The virtual machine kernel operates at a low privilege level to be able to exploit certain features provided by the low privilege level, and the VMMs operate at a high privilege level to support execution of virtual machines. Upon determining that a context switch from the virtual machine kernel to a VMM is to be performed, the computer system exits the low privilege level, and enters the high privilege level to execute a trampoline that supports context switches to VMMs, such as state changes, and then the VMM. The trampoline is deactivated after execution control is switched to the VMM.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: VMware, Inc.
    Inventors: Harvey Tuch, Andrei Warkentin
  • Patent number: 10007782
    Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides system for facilitating replacement of a system function in an application with a customized function. During operation, the system shifts an existing load command in a file of an application to accommodate an additional load command. The system also adds the additional load command to the file. The additional load command identifies additional instructions that change a pointer of the application from a value that points to a system function to another value that points to a customized function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: VMWARE, INC.
    Inventors: Manish Jawa, Haim Tebeka, Craig Newell
  • Patent number: 10001988
    Abstract: The disclosure includes a system and method for removing an incompatibility between an adaptive sensor system and an adaptive engine control unit system. The method may include detecting an update to one or more of an adaptive sensor system and an adaptive engine control unit system. The method may include identifying an incompatibility between the adaptive sensor system and the adaptive engine control unit system created by the update. The method may include determining one or more modifications for one or more of the first compatibility module and the second compatibility module. The modifications may be configured to remove the incompatibility. The method may include modifying one or more of the first compatibility module and the second compatibility module so that the incompatibility is removed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Inventors: Huafeng Yu, Bowen Zheng, Chung-Wei Lin
  • Patent number: 10001987
    Abstract: A method is for updating an original firmware file of an I/O module which communicates with multiple host-end devices and stores the original firmware file. The method includes: receiving a current-received data packet from one host-end device; when it is determined that the current-received data packet is a first data packet constituting an update file, and that the original firmware file is not undergoing an update process, setting a status flag to indicate that the original firmware file is undergoing an update process, storing the current-received data packet; and repeating the previous steps when it is determined that the current-received data packet is not a last one data packet constituting the update file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Mitac Computing Technology Corporation
    Inventors: Yi-Lan Lin, Jen-Chih Lee, Kwang-Chao Chen, Hung-Tar Lin, Li-Tien Chang, Heng-Chia Hsu
  • Patent number: 9996374
    Abstract: An update is deployed to a guest virtual machine of a hypervisor during runtime of the guest virtual machine. An executing thread of the guest virtual machine is identified and execution of the thread is redirected to a function to open a handle to a file, of the guest virtual machine, to which data of the update is to be written. The data is provided to a component of the guest virtual machine, and then execution of the thread is redirected to a function to write the data provided to the component to the file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: ASSURED INFORMATION SECURITY, INC.
    Inventors: Michael Joseph Sieffert, Jonathan Einstoss, Stephen Raymond Pape, Adam T. Meily
  • Patent number: 9990271
    Abstract: A device may receive a uniform resource identifier that identifies an object source. The object source may include one or more objects organized in a hierarchy of objects. The device may identify an object, of the one or more objects, to permit extraction of one or more properties of the object. The device may extract the one or more properties of the object based on identifying the object. The device may select a subset of properties, of the one or more properties, to use to generate an object locator based on extracting the one or more properties. The object locator may be associated with locating the object in the hierarchy of objects. The device may generate the object locator based on selecting the subset of properties of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: Accenture Global Solutions Limited
    Inventor: Azarudeen Anifa
  • Patent number: 9992268
    Abstract: In various aspects, a framework is provided for building rich, responsive, and mobile-enabled HTML 5 web applications. In one embodiment, the framework is based on a thin server architecture (TSA) that uses REST, SSE, and WebSocket to communicate with the server side. This framework, sometimes referred to herein as ‘Avatar’ is a modular, end-to-end web development framework for building enterprise mobile and desktop applications using JavaScript, HTML5 and a thin-server architecture.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ORACLE INTERNATIONAL CORPORATION
    Inventors: Bryan Atsatt, Santiago Martin Pericas-Geertsen
  • Patent number: 9990193
    Abstract: A method for agile software development comprises receiving by a VM a command by a first version of a software component running on a first virtual machine, wherein the command may be executed by the software component, passing the command to a hypervisor along with an output file including a functionality identifier corresponding to the command and identifiers for versions of the software component to which the command is applicable, and transferring the command to a second VM for an execution of the functionality if the identifier of the second version of the software component was included in the output file. Additionally, the method may include sending a freeze command by the hypervisor to the second virtual machine if the identifier of the second version of the software component is not included in the output file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tomasz Hanusiak, Michal Klak, Konrad K. Skibski, Tomasz Zaras
  • Patent number: 9990186
    Abstract: A method of compiling a sequence of program instructions, a method of parallel execution of a sequence of program instructions and apparatuses and software supporting such methods are disclosed. The sequence of program instructions is analyzed in terms of basic blocks forming a control flow graph and execution paths through that control flow graph are identified. When more than one execution path leads to a given basic block, or when a loop path is found leading from a given basic block back to the same basic block, a potential convergence point may be identified. A convergence marker is added to the computer program associated with the basic blocks identified in this way and then when the program is executed, the convergence markers found are used to trigger a determination of a subset of the multiple execution threads which are executed following that convergence marker.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 5, 2018
    Assignee: ARM Limited
    Inventors: Mohammed Javed Absar, Marco Cornero, Georgia Kouveli, Carl Von Platen
  • Patent number: 9983901
    Abstract: The present disclosure relates to dynamically adjusting shard allocation during parallel processing operations. One example method includes determining a target completion time for a batch data processing job of an input data set performed by a plurality of tasks, each of the plurality of tasks processing a different input shard including a different portion of the input data set; identifying a first task having an estimated completion time greater than the target completion time of the batch data processing job; and splitting the first input shard into a first split input shard and a second split input shard different from the first split input shard, the first split input shard including a first portion of the first input shard, and the second split input shard including a second portion of the first input shard different from the first portion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 9, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Google LLC
    Inventors: Jeremy S. Hurwitz, Eugene R. Kirpichov, Jelena Pjesivac-Grbovic, Kenneth J. Goldman
  • Patent number: 9952961
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for assessing risk of a software program and software updates to a program to prioritize verification resources, which includes receiving code for a software product for a testing assessment. The code is analyzed according to a risk assessment criteria, and the risk assessment criteria includes risk assessment factors. The risk assessment factors for the code are weighted as part of the criteria. A risk assessment score of the code is determined based on the criteria. Testing resources are allocated in response to the risk assessment score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Balaji V. Atyam, Nicholas E. Bofferding, Andrew Geissler, Michael C. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9946531
    Abstract: Methods and systems for monitoring use, determining risk, and pricing insurance policies for a vehicle having autonomous or semi-autonomous operation features are provided. In certain aspects, with the customer's permission, a computer-implemented method for updating an autonomous operation feature may be provided. An indication of a software update associated with the autonomous operation feature may be received, and several autonomous or semi-autonomous vehicles having the feature may be identified. The update may be installed within the several vehicles, such as via wireless communication. Also, a change in a risk level associated with the update to the autonomous operation feature may be determined, and an insurance discount may be determined or adjusted.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: STATE FARM MUTUAL AUTOMOBILE INSURANCE COMPANY
    Inventors: Brian Mark Fields, Chien Che Huang, Mohamed A. Wazeer, Shawn C. Bennett, Steven C. Cielocha, Ronny S. Bryant, Stephen Kohaus, Terry Quakenbush, Richard A. Novak, Aaron Scott Chan, Craig M. Main, Weixin Wu, Torri Wollenschlager, Carol Marie Csanda, Stacey Gorsuch, Todd Binion
  • Patent number: 9948703
    Abstract: An application platform system and method. A data synchronization instance manages a reference state object for a data synchronization system (DSS) account. A first local state object is stored at a first application system. The first application system receives update notifications provided by the DSS. A second local state object is stored at a second application system. The second application system receives update notifications provided by the DSS. An application instruction of the first application system is transformed into a state update, and the first local state object is modified to include the state update. The state update is provided to the DSS via a local update notification. The reference state object is modified to include the state update. The state update is provided to the second application system via a reference update notification. The second local state object is modified to include the state update.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Twilio, Inc.
    Inventors: Carl Olivier, Sergei Zolotarjov, Mihails Velenko, Devid Liik, Artyom Tyazhelov
  • Patent number: 9946560
    Abstract: A development device operating system may simulate a first electronic device operating system. A first electronic device application executed by the simulated first electronic device operating system may generate a command for a second electronic device application executed by the simulated first electronic device operating system. A first electronic device framework of the first electronic device application may process the command for the second electronic device application. The processing may transform the command data for the second electronic device application to a form that is usable by a simulated relay module executed by the simulated first electronic device operating system. The simulation relay module may route the command to the second electronic device application. The development device operating system may display data for the second electronic device application on a simulated second electronic device display.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventor: Forest A. Hill
  • Patent number: 9946633
    Abstract: A computer-implemented method and system for assessing risk of a software program and software updates to a program to prioritize verification resources, which includes receiving code for a software product for a testing assessment. The code is analyzed according to a risk assessment criteria, and the risk assessment criteria includes risk assessment factors. The risk assessment factors for the code are weighted as part of the criteria. A risk assessment score of the code is determined based on the criteria. Testing resources are allocated in response to the risk assessment score.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Balaji V. Atyam, Nicholas E. Bofferding, Andrew Geissler, Michael C. Hollinger
  • Patent number: 9940591
    Abstract: A third-party provider may integrate services with a customized enterprise-software tenancy via a tenant service context determined using an uncustomized data model and a tenant-customized data model from the enterprise-software provider. A difference map is generated for the tenant-customized data model with respect to the uncustomized data model, and is used to determine a mapped integrated-service data model, which facilitates integrating services with those of the enterprise-software provider. The mapped integrated-service data model is merged with the tenant-customized data model to obtain the tenant service context for the tenant. When a user provides an instruction to interact with the multi-tenant enterprise-software provider, the tenant service context is used to determine an action based on an interpretation of the instruction, and the enterprise-software provider is commanded to perform the action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Nortek Security & Control LLC
    Inventor: William P. Baker
  • Patent number: 9942355
    Abstract: Disclosed are systems, methods, and non-transitory computer-readable storage media for monitoring the current context of a computing device. In some implementations, a context daemon can collect context information about the computing device. The context information can include current device hardware state information. The context information can include current software state information. The context can be derived or implied from a combination of hardware state information, software state information, or any other type of state information. For example, the derived context can be a user state (e.g., a user activity, sleeping, running, etc.) derived from or implied by hardware or software state information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 10, 2018
    Assignee: Apple Inc.
    Inventors: Michael R. Siracusa, Joao Pedro Forjaz de Lacerda, Kit-Man Wan, Gaurav Kapoor, Umesh S. Vaishampayan