Patents by Inventor Andrew B. McNeill

Andrew B. McNeill 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: 9372633
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size. The disk drive stores a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via an emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill
  • Publication number: 20160034215
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size. The disk drive stores a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via an emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 13, 2015
    Publication date: February 4, 2016
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, JR.
  • Patent number: 9207883
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size. The disk drive stores a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via an emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 8, 2015
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr.
  • Patent number: 8812798
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size, and wherein the disk drive stores via emulation a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via the emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size. The disk drive sends a notification to indicate the performing of the destructive write.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130262763
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size. The disk drive stores a. plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via, an emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Publication date: October 3, 2013
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, JR.
  • Patent number: 8468312
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size. The disk drive stores a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via an emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20130047033
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size. The disk drive stores a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via an emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 24, 2012
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, JR.
  • Publication number: 20130046932
    Abstract: A disk drive receives a request to write at least one block of a first block size, wherein the disk drive is configured to store blocks of a second block size that is larger in size than the first block size, and wherein the disk drive stores via emulation a plurality of emulated blocks of the first block size in each block of the second block size. The disk drive generates a read error, in response to reading a selected block of the second block size in which the at least block of the first block size is to be written via the emulation. The disk drive performs a destructive write of selected emulated blocks of the first block size that caused the read error to be generated. The disk drive writes the at least one block of the first block size in the selected block of the second block size. The disk drive sends a notification to indicate the performing of the destructive write.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 18, 2011
    Publication date: February 21, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael T. Benhase, Andrew B. McNeill, JR.
  • Patent number: 8380826
    Abstract: Migrating port-specific operating parameters during blade server failover including querying, by a system management server of a data center, a switch for port-specific operating parameters of a first port, the data center comprising blade servers coupled for data communications to one another and to the system management server by a network, the system management server comprising a computer subsystem that automates server management processes in the data center, the switch comprising a data communications component of the network, the switch comprising ports, the ports comprising physical points of connection between the switch and blade servers, each port having associated port-specific operating parameters, the switch connected at the first port to a failing blade server; and assigning, by the system management server, the port-specific operating parameters to a second port in a same switch or another switch connected at the second port to a replacement blade server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Date of Patent: February 19, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dake, Eric R. Kern, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr., Norman C. Strole, Theodore B. Vojnovich
  • Publication number: 20120203875
    Abstract: Migrating port-specific operating parameters during blade server failover including querying, by a system management server of a data center, a switch for port-specific operating parameters of a first port, the data center comprising blade servers coupled for data communications to one another and to the system management server by a network, the system management server comprising a computer subsystem that automates server management processes in the data center, the switch comprising a data communications component of the network, the switch comprising ports, the ports comprising physical points of connection between the switch and blade servers, each port having associated port-specific operating parameters, the switch connected at the first port to a failing blade server; and assigning, by the system management server, the port-specific operating parameters to a second port in a same switch or another switch connected at the second port to a replacement blade server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2012
    Publication date: August 9, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dake, Eric R. Kern, Andrew B. McNeill, JR., Norman C. Strole, Theodore B. Vojnovich
  • Patent number: 8214467
    Abstract: Migrating port-specific operating parameters during blade server failover including querying, by a system management server of a data center, a switch for port-specific operating parameters of a first port, the data center comprising blade servers coupled for data communications to one another and to the system management server by a network, the system management server comprising a computer subsystem that automates server management processes in the data center, the switch comprising a data communications component of the network, the switch comprising ports, the ports comprising physical points of connection between the switch and blade servers, each port having associated port-specific operating parameters, the switch connected at the first port to a failing blade server; and assigning, by the system management server, the port-specific operating parameters to a second port in a same switch or another switch connected at the second port to a replacement blade server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dake, Eric R. Kern, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr., Norman C. Strole, Theodore B. Vojnovich
  • Patent number: 8190774
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and products for managing virtual addresses of blade servers in a data center are disclosed that include storing by a blade server management module (‘BSMM’), in non-volatile memory of a blade server, a parameter block, the parameter block including one or more virtual addresses for communications adapters of the blade server and one or more action identifiers, each action identifier representing a type of address modification; detecting, by a basic input-output system (‘BIOS’) module of the blade server upon powering on the blade server, the parameter block; and modifying, by the BIOS module of the blade server in dependence upon the one or more action identifiers of the parameter block, an address of at least one communications adapter of the blade server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Joseph E. Bolan, Gregory W. Dake, Scott N. Dunham, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr., Martin J. Tross, Theodore B. Vojnovich, Ben-Ami Yassour
  • Patent number: 8028193
    Abstract: Failover of blade servers in a data center including powering off a failing blade server by a system management server through a blade server management module (‘BSMM’) managing the failing blade server, the failing blade server characterized by a machine type, one or more network addresses, and one or more storage addresses, the addresses being virtual addresses; identifying, by the system management server from a pool of standby blade servers, a replacement blade server, the replacement blade server managed by a BSMM; assigning, by the system management server through the BSMM managing the replacement blade server, the one or more network addresses and the one or more storage addresses of the failing blade server to the replacement blade server, including enabling in the replacement blade server the assigned addresses; and powering on the replacement blade server by the system management server through the BSMM managing the replacement blade server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 27, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dake, Eric R. Kern, Andrew B. McNeill, Jr., Martin J. Tross, Theodore B. Vojnovich, Ben-Ami Yassour
  • Patent number: 7774547
    Abstract: A cache on-demand module employing a cache performance module for managing size adjustments to a cache size of a cache memory in view of supporting an optimal performance of a storage subsystem employing the cache memory by determining an optimal cache size of the cache memory for supporting the optimal performance of the storage subsystem, and reporting any size adjustment to the cache size of the cache memory based on the determined optimal cache size of the cache memory. The cache on-demand module further employs a cache accounting module for managing a client expense account associated with the cache memory by determining whether a client charge or a client rebate is warranted as a function of any size adjustment to the cache size of the cache memory by the cache performance module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 3, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew B. McNeill, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20090158081
    Abstract: Failover of blade servers in a data center including powering off a failing blade server by a system management server through a blade server management module (‘BSMM’) managing the failing blade server, the failing blade server characterized by a machine type, one or more network addresses, and one or more storage addresses, the addresses being virtual addresses; identifying, by the system management server from a pool of standby blade servers, a replacement blade server, the replacement blade server managed by a BSMM; assigning, by the system management server through the BSMM managing the replacement blade server, the one or more network addresses and the one or more storage addresses of the failing blade server to the replacement blade server, including enabling in the replacement blade server the assigned addresses; and powering on the replacement blade server by the system management server through the BSMM managing the replacement blade server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 13, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dake, Eric R. Kern, Andrew B. McNeill, JR., Martin J. Tross, Theodore B. Vojnovich, Ben-Ami Yassour
  • Publication number: 20090157941
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and products for managing virtual addresses of blade servers in a data center are disclosed that include storing by a blade server management module (‘BSMM’), in non-volatile memory of a blade server, a parameter block, the parameter block including one or more virtual addresses for communications adapters of the blade server and one or more action identifiers, each action identifier representing a type of address modification; detecting, by a basic input-output system (‘BIOS’) module of the blade server upon powering on the blade server, the parameter block; and modifying, by the BIOS module of the blade server in dependence upon the one or more action identifiers of the parameter block, an address of at least one communications adapter of the blade server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph E. Bolan, Gregory W. Dake, Scott N. Dunham, Andrew B. McNeill, JR., Martin J. Tross, Theodore B. Vojnovich, Ben-Ami Yassour
  • Publication number: 20090157851
    Abstract: Migrating port-specific operating parameters during blade server failover including querying, by a system management server of a data center, a switch for port-specific operating parameters of a first port, the data center comprising blade servers coupled for data communications to one another and to the system management server by a network, the system management server comprising a computer subsystem that automates server management processes in the data center, the switch comprising a data communications component of the network, the switch comprising ports, the ports comprising physical points of connection between the switch and blade servers, each port having associated port-specific operating parameters, the switch connected at the first port to a failing blade server; and assigning, by the system management server, the port-specific operating parameters to a second port in a same switch or another switch connected at the second port to a replacement blade server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 14, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Gregory W. Dake, Eric R. Kern, Andrew B. McNeill, JR., Norman C. Strole, Theodore B. Vojnovich
  • Publication number: 20090157858
    Abstract: Methods, apparatus, and products for managing virtual addresses of blade servers in a data center are disclosed that include storing, by a blade server management module (‘BSMM’) in non-volatile memory of a blade server, a parameter block, the parameter block including one or more virtual addresses for communications adapters of the blade server and one or more action identifiers; detecting, by a BIOS module of the blade server upon powering on the blade server, the parameter block; disabling, by the BIOS module, in dependence upon the one or more action identifiers of the parameter block, an original address of at least one communications adapter of the blade server; and setting, by the BIOS module, an address of the communications adapter to a virtual address included in the parameter block.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2007
    Publication date: June 18, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Joseph E. Bolan, Gregory W. Dake, Scott N. Dunham, Itzhack Goldberg, Andrew B. McNeill, JR., Martin J. Tross, Theodore B. Vojnovich, Ben-Ami Yassour
  • Patent number: 7543178
    Abstract: A storage subsystem such as an array of disk drives, method of managing disk drives in the storage subsystem and program product therefor. The storage subsystem may be a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) and the individual disks drives may be Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology (SMART) capable drives. When one of the drives gives an indication of an impending failure, a disk image of the failing disk is built on an available spare disk. Once the image is complete, the failing disk may be replaced without down time for rebuilding a failed disk.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 2, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andrew B. McNeill, Thomas H. Newsom
  • Patent number: 7519773
    Abstract: A cache on-demand module employing a cache performance module for managing size adjustments to a cache size of a cache memory in view of supporting an optimal performance of a storage subsystem employing the cache memory by determining an optimal cache size of the cache memory for supporting the optimal performance of the storage subsystem, and reporting any size adjustment to the cache size of the cache memory based on the determined optimal cache size of the cache memory. The cache on-demand module further employs a cache accounting module for managing a client expense account associated with the cache memory by determining whether a client charge or a client rebate is warranted as a function of any size adjustment to the cache size of the cache memory by the cache performance module.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 14, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Andrew B. McNeill, Jr.