Patents by Inventor Charles E. Shapley

Charles E. Shapley 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: 7911971
    Abstract: Configuring of a communications environment is facilitated. A mapping tool is provided that aids in the configuring of various components of a communications environment, such as an input/output (I/O) subsystem of the environment. Data generated from an order process and a logical configuration definition are used as input to the mapping tool. The tool performs mapping and generates as output a physical configuration definition, and optionally, one or more reports. The mapping tool has a manual function, as well as an automatic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: March 22, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Friedrich W. Beichter, John J. Hughes, Ravi Ranjan, Charles E. Shapley, James R. Urquhart, Brian K. Zerba
  • Patent number: 7826386
    Abstract: Configuring of a communications environment is facilitated. A mapping tool is provided that aids in the configuring of various components of a communications environment, such as an input/output (I/O) subsystem of the environment. Data generated from an order process and a logical configuration definition are used as input to the mapping tool. The tool performs mapping and generates as output a physical configuration definition, and optionally, one or more reports. The mapping tool has a manual function, as well as an automatic function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 8, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Friedrich W. Beichter, John J. Hughes, Ravi Ranjan, Charles E. Shapley, James R. Urquhart, Brian K. Zerba
  • Publication number: 20100138522
    Abstract: Configuring of a communications environment is facilitated. A mapping tool is provided that aids in the configuring of various components of a communications environment, such as an input/output (I/O) subsystem of the environment. Data generated from an order process and a logical configuration definition are used as input to the mapping tool. The tool performs mapping and generates as output a physical configuration definition, and optionally, one or more reports. The mapping tool has a manual function, as well as an automatic function.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2009
    Publication date: June 3, 2010
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Friedrich W. Beichter, John J. Hughes, Ravi Ranjan, Charles E. Shapley, James R. Urquhart, Brian K. Zerba
  • Patent number: 7587531
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output subsystem image identifier, which is used by various programs to designate the particular input/output subsystem image for which an I/O operation is to be performed. An input/output subsystem image includes, for instance, one or more input/output paths. An input/output path of an input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output path identifier, as well as a physical input/output path identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 8, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Steven G. Glassen, Beth Glendening, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Allan S. Meritt, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20080263238
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output subsystem image identifier, which is used by various programs to designate the particular input/output subsystem image for which an I/O operation is to be performed. An input/output subsystem image includes, for instance, one or more input/output paths. An input/output path of an input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output path identifier, as well as a physical input/output path identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 29, 2007
    Publication date: October 23, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Steven G. Glassen, Beth Glendening, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Allan S. Meritt, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7290070
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output subsystem image identifier, which is used by various programs to designate the particular input/output subsystem image for which an I/O operation is to be performed. An input/output subsystem image includes, for instance, one or more input/output paths. An input/output path of an input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output path identifier, as well as a physical input/output path identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Steven G. Glassen, Beth Glendening, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Allan S. Meritt, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7277968
    Abstract: Input/output (I/O) communications subadapters, such as subchannels, of an I/O subsystem are dedicated to components, such as I/O devices, of the I/O subsystem. The subadapters provide information about the associated components, in response to the execution of I/O instructions. To enhance I/O connectivity, a plurality of sets of I/O subadapters is provided to an operating system image. This allows programs of the operating system image to access a same component via different sets of I/O communications subadapters. Further, it enables an operating system image to use more than 64 k subchannels.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 23, 2004
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Ugochukwu Njoku-Charles, Kenneth J. Oakes, Dale F. Riedy, Jr., Charles E. Shapley, Gustav E. Sittmann, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7177961
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. In response to an operating system image submitting an input/output (I/O) request requesting access to an input/output subsystem image, a determination is made as to whether the operating system image is authorized to access the input/output subsystem image. In response to the access being authorized, the I/O request is authorized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Scott M. Carlson, Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Tan Lu, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7174550
    Abstract: A communications adapter is shared by a plurality of input/output (I/O) subsystem images of an I/O subsystem of a central processing complex. To enable the sharing, the communications adapter is configured to a plurality of I/O paths of the plurality of I/O subsystem images. An I/O subsystem may have one or more shared communications adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 6, 2007
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Beth Glendening, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Allan S. Meritt, Ugochukwo Njoku-Charles, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7149821
    Abstract: In an environment employing a fabric, such as a cascading switch network, a predictable input/output (I/O) configuration is provided. The I/O configuration explicitly specifies the one or more peripheral units accessible by a program, such as an operating system. Other peripheral units not specified in the I/O configuration are not accessible, thus, providing a secure environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 29, 2003
    Date of Patent: December 12, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Scott M. Carlson, John R. Flanagan, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Eugene P. Hefferon, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Kenneth J. Oakes, Roberto J. Sanchez, Charles E. Shapley, Kenneth M. Trowell, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7130938
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem of a computing environment is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image includes one or more communications adapters used for communicating within the computing environment. A communications adapter is identified by hardware of the computing environment by using a first identifier, and it is identified by a program of the computing environment by using a second identifier. The identifiers can be of different sizes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 31, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Steven G. Glassen, Marten J. Halma, David W. Hollar, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Michael G. Melendy, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, Robert A. Smith, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 7127599
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. One or more input/output subsystem images of the plurality of input/output subsystem images are managed. An aspect of this management includes managing an input/output (I/O) configuration of an input/output subsystem image. This management may be performed dynamically.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: October 24, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Marten J. Halma, Eugene P. Hefferon, Carol B. Hernandez, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Tan Lu, Ugochukwu Njoku-Charles, Kenneth J. Oakes, Dale F. Riedy, Jr., Charles E. Shapley, Gustav E. Sittmann, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 6996638
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output subsystem image identifier, which is used by various programs to designate the particular input/output subsystem image for which an I/O operation is to be performed. An operating system is provided with access to a plurality of input/output subsystem images of the input/output subsystem. One or more controls are provided to the operating system image to enable the operating system image to access the plurality of input/output subsystem images.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 7, 2006
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Jr., Scott M. Carlson, Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Jr., Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20040230714
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output subsystem image identifier, which is used by various programs to designate the particular input/output subsystem image for which an I/O operation is to be performed. An operating system is provided with access to a plurality of input/output subsystem images of the input/output subsystem. One or more controls are provided to the operating system image to enable the operating system image to access the plurality of input/output subsystem images.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Scott M. Carlson, Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20040230783
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. One or more input/output subsystem images of the plurality of input/output subsystem images are managed. An aspect of this management includes managing an input/output (I/O) configuration of an input/output subsystem image. This management may be performed dynamically.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Charles W. Gainey, Marten J. Halma, Eugene P. Hefferon, Carol B. Hernandez, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Tan Lu, Ugochukwu Njoku-Charles, Kenneth J. Oakes, Dale F. Riedy, Charles E. Shapley, Gustav E. Sittmann, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20040230757
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. In response to an operating system image submitting an input/output (I/O) request requesting access to an input/output subsystem image, a determination is made as to whether the operating system image is authorized to access the input/output subsystem image. In response to the access being authorized, the I/O request is authorized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Scott M. Carlson, Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Tan Lu, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20040230721
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output subsystem image identifier, which is used by various programs to designate the particular input/output subsystem image for which an I/O operation is to be performed. An input/output subsystem image includes, for instance, one or more input/output paths. An input/output path of an input/output subsystem image is identified by an input/output path identifier, as well as a physical input/output path identifier.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Janet R. Easton, Charles W. Gainey, Steven G. Glassen, Beth Glendening, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Allan S. Meritt, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20040230722
    Abstract: An input/output subsystem of a computing environment is configured as a plurality of input/output subsystem images, each of which appears to a program as an independent input/output subsystem. An input/output subsystem image includes one or more communications adapters used for communicating within the computing environment. A communications adapter is identified by hardware of the computing environment by using a first identifier, and it is identified by a program of the computing environment by using a second identifier. The identifiers can be of different sizes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Charles W. Gainey, Steven G. Glassen, Marten J. Halma, David W. Hollar, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Michael G. Melendy, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, Robert A. Smith, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Publication number: 20040230713
    Abstract: A communications adapter is shared by a plurality of input/output (I/O) subsystem images of an I/O subsystem of a central processing complex. To enable the sharing, the communications adapter is configured to a plurality of I/O paths of the plurality of I/O subsystem images. An I/O subsystem may have one or more shared communications adapters.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 12, 2003
    Publication date: November 18, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Frank W. Brice, Charles W. Gainey, Beth Glendening, Marten J. Halma, Jeffrey P. Kubala, Hans-Helge Lehmann, Tan Lu, Allan S. Meritt, Ugochukwo Njoku-Charles, Kenneth J. Oakes, Charles E. Shapley, John S. Trotter, Leslie W. Wyman, Harry M. Yudenfriend
  • Patent number: 6785747
    Abstract: A method and system for flexibly and efficiently assigning channel path identifiers (CHPIDs) used by operating system software in computer systems to identify the communication path to I/O devices via channels. To avoid wasted CHPIDs, which may be limited in number, CHPIDs are assigned only to channels which are installed on and configured to the computer system. The CHPIDs may be re-assigned concurrently with ongoing system operations via a user interface and/or an imported, pre-defined CHPID mapping.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2004
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Hans-Helge Lehmann, Charles E. Shapley, Robert A. Smith