Patents by Inventor Akira Kagami

Akira Kagami has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Patent number: 7281044
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved techniques for managing storage resources, such as disk drives, I/O ports, and the like according to user demand for these storage resources. In a specific embodiment, a centralized SIoD system manages installed storage resources in a storage subsystem and connections via a network switch responsive to user demands. Specific embodiments provide users the capability to bring new resources on line, define pathways between resources and provide billing, payment and other accounting information based upon the configurations and connections established responsive to the user demands, for example.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 9, 2007
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6839815
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved techniques for managing storage resources, such as disk drives, I/O ports, and the like distributed among a plurality of sites according to user demand for these storage resources. Specific embodiments provide users the capability to bring new resources on line, define pathways between resources, and the like. Embodiments can obviate the need for system programmers to manually configure storage resources at a user's site.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Date of Patent: January 4, 2005
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Akira Yamamoto, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6665686
    Abstract: Data processing methods and apparatus, wherein an object to be appraised is inputted; the inputted object to be appraised is divided into at least one structural elements which are stored in storage unit; information is inputted which indicates an appraisal for the inputted object to be appraised; a combination of elements constituting the object to be appraised is corresponded to the inputted appraisal, and the correspondence is classified into at least one criterions which are stored in the storage means; an arbitrary criterion is selected from among stored criterions; a combination of structural elements is obtained on the basis of the selected criterion; appraisal information is inputted for the obtained combination of structural elements; the correspondence of the obtained combination of structural elements to the appraisal is compared with the selected criterion to identify a criterion.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 16, 1999
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Michitaka Kosaka, Hiroaki Oyama
  • Publication number: 20030131108
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved techniques for managing storage resources, such as disk drives, I/O ports, and the like according to user demand for these storage resources. In a specific embodiment, a centralized SIoD system manages installed storage resources in a storage subsystem and connections via a network switch responsive to user demands. Specific embodiments provide users the capability to bring new resources on line, define pathways between resources and provide billing, payment and other accounting information based upon the configurations and connections established responsive to the user demands, for example.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 10, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 6578023
    Abstract: An object to be appraised is input and divided into structural elements which are stored in a storage unit. Information is input which indicates an appraisal for the object to be appraised and a combination of elements constituting the object to be appraised is corresponded to the appraisal. The correspondence is classified into criteria which are stored and an arbitrary criterion is selected. A combination of structural elements is obtained on the basis of the selected criterion and appraisal information is inputted for the obtained combination of structural elements.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2001
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2003
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Michitaka Kosaka, Hiroaki Oyama
  • Publication number: 20020166033
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved techniques for managing storage resources, such as disk drives, I/O ports, and the like distributed among a plurality of sites according to user demand for these storage resources. Specific embodiments provide users the capability to bring new resources on line, define pathways between resources, and the like. Embodiments can obviate the need for system programmers to manually configure storage resources at a user's site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 7, 2001
    Publication date: November 7, 2002
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Akira Yamamoto, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Publication number: 20020112043
    Abstract: The present invention provides improved techniques for managing storage resources, such as disk drives, I/O ports, and the like according to user demand for these storage resources. In a specific embodiment, a centralized SoD system that remotely activates installed storage resources in a storage subsystem on demand obviates the need to visit a particular site. Specific embodiments provide users the capability to bring new resources on line, define pathways between resources, and the like, for example. Embodiments can obviate the need for system programmers to manually configure storage resources on a user's site.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 13, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Akira Yamamoto, Masayuki Yamamoto
  • Patent number: 5974422
    Abstract: Data processing methods and apparatus, wherein an object to be appraised is inputted; the inputted object to be appraised is divided into at least one structural elements which are stored in storage unit; information is inputted which indicates an appraisal for the inputted object to be appraised; a combination of elements constituting the object to be appraised is corresponded to the inputted appraisal, and the correspondence is classified into at least one criterions which are stored in the storage means; an arbitrary criterion is selected from among stored criterions; a combination of structural elements is obtained on the basis of the selected criterion; appraisal information is inputted for the obtained combination of structural elements; the correspondence of the obtained combination of structural elements to the appraisal is compared with the selected criterion to identify a criterion; a combination of elements constituting the object to be appraised is created on the basis of the identified criterion;
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 24, 1997
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Michitaka Kosaka, Hiroaki Oyama
  • Patent number: 5974400
    Abstract: A user of services is enabled to utilize a highly value-added service employing secret data of the user without presenting the data to the service provider side. In a system in which a server is coupled with a client via a communication network, the client inputs and sends a service identifier to the server, receives a program to execute the service from the server, inputs secret data as client controlled data from an input device and sends a server control data request to the server, and then receives the requested data from the server. The input data is irreversibly processed by use of the program and received data such that the client sends results of the process to an expert on the server side to receive an advice of the expert. By referring to the advice, the service user inputs evaluation of the outputted results. The steps beginning at the data request input are repeatedly conducted until the evaluation becomes satisfactory, thereby transmitting the process results to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 8, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 26, 1999
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Toshiyuki Ono, Haruko Nagaoka, Mitsuo Sudo
  • Patent number: 5909023
    Abstract: An online shopping support method and system capable of supplying proper services matching user specific needs and conditions. Purchase history information of each good purchased by each user is stored at a service offering system. In response to an input of identification information from a service use system, the service offering system searches the purchase history information of the user corresponding to a user identifier and calculates a purchase interval of each good purchased by the user. The service offering system judges, for each good whose purchase interval was calculated, whether the time corresponding to the purchase interval has lapsed after the latest purchase day. The service offering system transmits information of the good whose time corresponding to the purchase interval has lapsed to the service use system via a communication network and displaying the information at the service use system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 1, 1999
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Toshiyuki Ono, Tomomu Ishikawa, Mitsuo Sudo, Akira Kagami
  • Patent number: 5724484
    Abstract: A database preparing method prepares a design database from which design database image elements are retrievable to build composite design images for decision making. The entire design image, including a plurality of separable image elements, is input into a processing unit. At least one of the image elements is extracted from the entire design image. The characteristic data which (i) identifies the extracted image element and (ii) corresponds to the entire design image is recorded and stored into a memory. The foregoing steps are repeated to build the design database. In a database retrieving method, a partial image of an entire image is input as a retrieval key. The entire image which corresponds to the retrieval key is retrieved from a database stored in a memory. The retrieved entire image is output.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 6, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Michitaka Kosaka, Hiroaki Oyama
  • Patent number: 5724522
    Abstract: A user of services is enable to utilize a highly value-added service employing secret data of the user without presenting the data to the service provider side. In a system in which a server is coupled with a client via a communication network, the client inputs and sends a service identifier to the server, receives a program to execute the service from the server, inputs secret data as client controlled data from an input device and sends a server control data request to the server, and then receives the requested data from the server. The input data is irreversibly processed by use of the program and received data such that the client sends results of the process to an expert on the server side to receive an advice of the expert. By referring to the advice, the service user inputs evaluation of the outputted results. The steps beginning at the data request input are repeatedly conducted until the evaluation becomes satisfactory, thereby transmitting the process results to the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: March 3, 1998
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Toshiyuki Ono, Haruko Nagaoka, Mitsuo Sudo
  • Patent number: 5450314
    Abstract: Data processing methods and apparatus, wherein an object to be appraised is inputted; the inputted object to be appraised is divided into at least one structural elements which are stored in storage unit; information is inputted which indicates an appraisal for the inputted object to be appraised; a combination of elements constituting the object to be appraised is corresponded to the inputted appraisal, and the correspondence is classified into at least one criterions which are stored in the storage means; an arbitrary criterion is selected from among stored criterions; a combination of structural elements is obtained on the basis of the selected criterion; appraisal information is inputted for the obtained combination of structural elements; the correspondence of the obtained combination of structural elements to the appraisal is compared with the selected criterion to identify a criterion; a combination of elements constituting the object to be appraised is created on the basis of the identified criterion;
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 1992
    Date of Patent: September 12, 1995
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Michitaka Kosaka, Hiroaki Oyama
  • Patent number: 5383111
    Abstract: A merchandising system for conducting a control of article display positions that are generally changed by the customers includes a method of obtaining article display positions based on the present display state. In this system, when selecting coordinate items to be suitably combined with an article, the display positions thereof can be easily determined, which advantageously helps the customer to search the store or floor for the desired items.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: January 17, 1995
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Homma, Akira Kagami, Tadashi Tenma, Kichizo Akashi, Tetsuo Kusuzaki, Tatsumi Nishimoto, Hiroaki Oyama
  • Patent number: 5311173
    Abstract: In a navigation system which has sensors for detecting a running distance, an azimuth, etc. of a vehicle, and a memory for storing map data; a probability density of a position of the vehicle is calculated on the basis of the sensor outputs and the map data for each of quantization units with which a probability computation determined by detection accuracies of the sensors and quantization of the map data can be executed. In addition, a final stage calculation of DP matching between trajectory data obtained from the on-board sensor data from a start point of the vehicle until a current time and a candidate route estimated from the road map data is iteratively executed, whereby a plurality of estimative vehicular positions and uncertainties (costs) corresponding to the respective estimative positions are iteratively evaluated, and a correct vehicular position is estimated by selecting at least one estimative vehicular position of low uncertainty (cost).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 28, 1991
    Date of Patent: May 10, 1994
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Fuminobu Komura, Yoshikazu Hirayama, Koichi Homma, Makoto Kato, Takanori Shibata, Yoji Matsuoka, Akira Kagami, Michitaka Kosaka
  • Patent number: 5237496
    Abstract: In an inventory control method and system, changes of sales for individual goods are forecasted and the excess or deficiency of a stock of each of the goods at the present point of time is estimated from the results of forecast. In order to facilitate an inventory control, merchandise information is sorted and displayed in accordance with the degree of urgency, the degree of importance or the like of inventory adjustment on the basis of the results of estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 17, 1993
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Koichi Homma, Kichizo Akashi, Takayuki Aizawa, Hiroshi Mori
  • Patent number: 5179643
    Abstract: Method and system for extracting a characteristic from information handled by a computer and displaying the information in a manner to clarify the characteristic. A relationship among information items is analyzed from similarity and cluster analysis, and a characteristic related to the relationship is analyzed and displayed. The present invention is particularly useful in the analysis of merchandise information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 7, 1989
    Date of Patent: January 12, 1993
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Koichi Homma, Akira Kagami, Kichizo Akashi, Shigeki Hirata, Hiroshi Mori, Takayuki Aizawa
  • Patent number: 5128861
    Abstract: In an inventory control method and system, changes of sales for individual goods are forecasted and the excess or deficiency of a stock of each of the goods at the present point of time is estimated from the results of forecast. In order to facilitate an inventory control, merchandise information is sorted and displayed in accordance with the degree of urgency, the degree of importance or the like of inventory adjustment on the basis of the results of estimation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 28, 1989
    Date of Patent: July 7, 1992
    Assignee: Hitachi, Ltd.
    Inventors: Akira Kagami, Koichi Homma, Kichizo Akashi, Takayuki Aizawa, Hiroshi Mori