Patents by Inventor David A. Benson

David A. Benson 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).

  • Publication number: 20050057619
    Abstract: An ink delivery regulation apparatus includes a support configured to be positioned within an ink chamber and a resilient deflection member coupled to the support. The resilient deflection member is configured to resiliently deflect from a generally concave shape to a generally convex shape in response to a change in said negative pressure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 16, 2003
    Publication date: March 17, 2005
    Inventors: Cary Bybee, Anthony Studer, Kevin Almen, David Benson
  • Patent number: 6861208
    Abstract: A lithographic imaging method of the present invention includes the initial step of providing a substrate made from Mercury, Cadmium and Telluride materials (HgCdTe). The HgCdTe substrate is coated with a diazonaphthoquinone (DNQ) Novolak photoresist material to establish an imaging medium. The imaging medium is exposed to an image pattern and then developed in a tetra-methyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution. The TMAH solution includes a fullerene (C60) material dissolved therein to retard the subsequent etching of the imaging medium. The incorporation of fullerene into the photoresist material indirectly via the developing solution avoids the solubility and ultraviolet (UV) absorbance disadvantages inherent in adding fullerenes directly to the photoresist prior to placement on the substrate. After development, the imaging medium is etched to transfer the recorded image pattern to the substrate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army
    Inventors: J. David Benson, John H. Dinan, Michael Martinka, Leo Anthony Almeida, Phillip R. Boyd, Andrew J. Stoltz, Jr., Andrew W. Kaleczyc
  • Publication number: 20050030355
    Abstract: Ink reservoirs and methods are provided. One ink reservoir has at least one compartment and first and second vents that communicatively couple the compartment to an atmosphere surrounding an exterior of the ink reservoir.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2003
    Publication date: February 10, 2005
    Inventors: Anthony Studer, Kevin Almen, David Benson, Cary Bybee, David Hagen
  • Publication number: 20040185387
    Abstract: A lithographic imaging method of the present invention includes the initial step of providing a substrate made from Mercury, Cadmium and Telluride materials (HgCdTe). The HgCdTe substrate is coated with a diazonaphthoquinone (DNQ) Novolak photoresist material to establish an imaging medium. The imaging medium is exposed to an image pattern and then developed in a tetra-methyl ammonium hydroxide (TMAH) solution. The TMAH solution includes a fullerene (C60) material dissolved therein to retard the subsequent etching of the imaging medium. The incorporation of fullerene into the photoresist material indirectly via the developing solution avoids the solubility and ultraviolet (UV) absorbance disadvantages inherent in adding fullerenes directly to the photoresist prior to placement on the substrate. After development, the imaging medium is etched to transfer the recorded image pattern to the substrate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 18, 2003
    Publication date: September 23, 2004
    Inventors: J. David Benson, John H. Dinan, Michael Martinka, Leo Anthony Almeida, Phillip R. Boyd, Andrew J. Stoltz, Andrew W. Kaleczyc
  • Publication number: 20040032689
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transporting data cartridges between cartridge libraries. A data cartridge is received by a data cartridge transport device, pivoted, and then ejected to a cartridge sleeve of a second cartridge library. In one embodiment, the data cartridge transport device includes a pivot assembly; a cartridge sleeve, mounted to the pivot assembly; a cartridge eject mechanism, operably associated with the cartridge sleeve; a drive assembly; and a clutch assembly. The clutch assembly moves between first and second positions, wherein movement of the clutch assembly to the first position engages the pivot assembly with the drive assembly, thereby enabling pivoting of the cartridge sleeve, and wherein movement of the clutch assembly to the second position engages the cartridge eject mechanism with the drive assembly, thereby enabling ejection of a data cartridge from the cartridge sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 8, 2003
    Publication date: February 19, 2004
    Inventors: Thomas David Benson, Curtis C. Ballard
  • Publication number: 20040003082
    Abstract: This invention is useful in a networked system with densely packaged servers or server blades. The servers are connected to a system management network, a communication network and an image server. A management module attached to the system management network and a network switch monitors and controls network booting from an image server on the communication network to prevent over commitment of network and image server resources in order to avoid a boot storm. The management module collects system information and calculates the number of servers or clients the networked system can boot at any one instant of time without burdening the system. The management module logic controls booting via the system management network and service processor elements, which can block server booting and release servers to boot when other servers have completed their boot process.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 28, 2002
    Publication date: January 1, 2004
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Antonio Abbondanzio, William W. Buchanan, Simon Chu, Gregory William Dake, Stephen Woodrow Murphrey, William Jospeh Piazza, Gregory Brian Pruett, David Benson Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20030236970
    Abstract: A data processing method and system according to the present invention in which a mass storage device (DASD) of a data processing system is partitioned to include a service partition. The service partition is typically located on a portion of the DASD beyond the highest address accessible to the operating system and application programs. The service partition will typically include the current versions of peripheral device firmware, any BIOS extensions, and device drivers. During a system boot, the boot code will invoke a peripheral device call that reports the device's firmware version level to compare the firmware versions of all the peripheral devices against the archived firmware versions stored in the service partition. If a mismatch is detected, the system boot will typically force an update of the peripheral device firmware to the level that is known to be good. Any such firmware updates are recorded in a log that is accessible to system management applications.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2002
    Publication date: December 25, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rodney Wendell Palmer, Gregory Brian Pruett, David Benson Rhoades, Ileana Vila
  • Patent number: 6661602
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transporting data cartridges between cartridge libraries. A data cartridge is received by a data cartridge transport device, pivoted, and then ejected to a cartridge sleeve of a second cartridge library. In one embodiment, the data cartridge transport device includes a pivot assembly; a cartridge sleeve, mounted to the pivot assembly; a cartridge eject mechanism, operably associated with the cartridge sleeve; a drive assembly; and a clutch assembly. The clutch assembly moves between first and second positions, wherein movement of the clutch assembly to the first position engages the pivot assembly with the drive assembly, thereby enabling pivoting of the cartridge sleeve, and wherein movement of the clutch assembly to the second position engages the cartridge eject mechanism with the drive assembly, thereby enabling ejection of a data cartridge from the cartridge sleeve.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 9, 2003
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Thomas David Benson, Curtis C. Ballard
  • Publication number: 20030097554
    Abstract: A method and system for configuring an operating system in a computer system including language selection during bootup rather than at manufacture. A first aspect of the method and system comprises providing a plurality of operating system images in the computer system, each of the plurality of operating system images being based upon a particular language, selecting one of the plurality of operating system images based on the language supported by the computer system and loading the selected operating system image into the computer system. A second aspect of the method and system comprises providing a language-independent operating system image in the computer system, determining a language supported by the computer system, loading the language-independent operating system image into the computer system, and associating the language supported by the computer system with the language-independent operating system image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Wayne Cheston, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, David Benson Rhoades, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Publication number: 20030097555
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a method and system for configuring the language of a BIOS of a computer system. The method and system comprise providing a plurality of BIOS images in the computer system, each of the plurality of BIOS images being related to a particular language, selecting one of the pluralities of BIOS images based on the language supported by the computer system and utilizing the selected BIOS to configure the computer system. Through the use of the method and system in accordance with the present invention, the language being supported by the computer system is determined when the computer system is booted up as opposed to when the computer system is being built. This results in an increase in manufacturing productivity since original equipment manufacturers can build computer systems without having to worry about language restrictions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2001
    Publication date: May 22, 2003
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Wayne Cheston, Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Jeffrey Locker, David Benson Rhoades, Randall Scott Springfield, James Peter Ward
  • Publication number: 20030048572
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for transporting data cartridges between cartridge libraries. A data cartridge is received by a data cartridge transport device, pivoted, and then ejected to a cartridge sleeve of a second cartridge library. In one embodiment, the data cartridge transport device includes a pivot assembly; a cartridge sleeve, mounted to the pivot assembly; a cartridge eject mechanism, operably associated with the cartridge sleeve; a drive assembly; and a clutch assembly. The clutch assembly moves between first and second positions, wherein movement of the clutch assembly to the first position engages the pivot assembly with the drive assembly, thereby enabling pivoting of the cartridge sleeve, and wherein movement of the clutch assembly to the second position engages the cartridge eject mechanism with the drive assembly, thereby enabling ejection of a data cartridge from the cartridge sleeve.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 10, 2001
    Publication date: March 13, 2003
    Inventors: Thomas David Benson, Curtis C. Ballard
  • Publication number: 20030002529
    Abstract: A system for controlling the bandwidth allocated to a network connection between two nodes. The system receives a bandwidth change request, and generates and sends control commands to network switches of the connection in order to satisfy the change request. A bandwidth control interface, available over the Internet, has code for generating a display of bandwidths available for selection; code for receiving a bandwidth selection chosen from the bandwidths; and code for sending the change request to the network to adjust the bandwidth on the basis of the selection. The interface provides a bandwidth dial representation of the bandwidths that can be selected.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 17, 2002
    Publication date: January 2, 2003
    Inventors: Wayne James Gibbons, Geoffrey David Benson, Minh Xuan Nguyen, Andrew Edward Kurdzinski, Ian James Palmer, Peter Nicholas Schurr
  • Patent number: 6266696
    Abstract: A client on a network is provided with auxiliary low power logic, at the network adaptor, that is always active and simulates network traffic (e.g. Ethernet format) normally sent under control of the main client system processor(s). This logic collects client status information and reports to the network manager, even when the system CPU is powered down; information which allows the network manager to exercise broader control and perform maintenance and upgrades which would otherwise require a dialog with the user and limit off-hours maintenance and reconfiguration of the client system. The auxiliary logic also can receive and interpret commands from the network that conform to a predefined format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 1998
    Date of Patent: July 24, 2001
    Assignee: International Business Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Daryl Carvis Cromer, Howard Locker, James Peter Ward, David Benson Rhoades
  • Patent number: 6167494
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product in which half of the storage space on a non-volatile storage device is used to maintain a copy of the last "known-good" copy of the operating system and on invocation by a user, restoring from this backup copy when, for example, the operating system has become corrupted due to changes made to settings or device drivers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 26, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machine Corporation
    Inventors: Richard W Cheston, Roger Philip Hoggarth, Richard Ian Knox, Howard J Locker, David Benson Rhoades
  • Patent number: 6158020
    Abstract: A client on a network is provided with auxiliary low power logic, at the network adapter, that is always active and simulates network traffic (e.g. Ethernet format) normally sent under control of the main client system processor(s). This logic receives commands from the network manager, even when the system CPU is powered down or the system is not operational; information which allows the network manager to exercise broader control and perform maintenance and upgrades which would otherwise require service call for maintenance and reconfiguration of the client system. The auxiliary logic also can receive and interpret commands from the network that conform to a predefined format.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 1998
    Date of Patent: December 5, 2000
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Howard Locker, Randall Scott Springfield, Daryl Carvis Cromer, David Benson Rhoades, James Peter Ward
  • Patent number: 6056044
    Abstract: An improved planar heat pipe wick structure having projections formed by micromachining processes. The projections form arrays of interlocking, semi-closed structures with multiple flow paths on the substrate. The projections also include overhanging caps at their tops to increase the capillary pumping action of the wick structure. The capped projections can be formed in stacked layers. Another layer of smaller, more closely spaced projections without caps can also be formed on the substrate in between the capped projections. Inexpensive materials such as Kovar can be used as substrates, and the projections can be formed by electrodepositing nickel through photoresist masks.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 10, 1997
    Date of Patent: May 2, 2000
    Assignee: Sandia Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Benson, Charles V. Robino, David W. Palmer, Stanley H. Kravitz
  • Patent number: 5659999
    Abstract: An automatic closure assembly for a sliding panel, particularly of the screen door type, is disclosed. One or more power springs, operable in their linear ranges are mounted within a compact housing configured for ready attachment to a surface adjacent the sliding panel. The springs apply tension to a cord wound on a take-up reel within the housing. One end of the cord is screwed to the sliding panel such that as the panel is moved in an opening direction, the power spring(s) are wound in tension to apply closure forces to the panel. Different selections are provided for enabling an operator to select a plurality of different discrete tension forces to be applied by the closure assembly to the sliding panel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 1994
    Date of Patent: August 26, 1997
    Inventor: David A. Benson
  • Patent number: 5649109
    Abstract: A forwarding information management system for a bridge or router is disclosed, including a method and apparatus for maintaining forwarding entries within a forwarding table. The forwarding table is allocated into forwarding entries, and the forwarding entries organized into forwarding entry sets. A set of free queues is used to manage the free space segments in the forwarding table that are not allocated into forwarding entries. Each free queue maintains pointers to free space segments of a particular size. A forwarding entry adding process creates a new forwarding entry set including a new forwarding entry, selects a non-empty free queue for free space segments large enough to hold the new forwarding entry set, and writes the new forwarding entry set one of the free space segments. Also included in the system are a forwarding entry deleting process, a learning process providing input for the forwarding entry adding process, and an aging process providing input for the forwarding entry deleting process.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 22, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 15, 1997
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Martin Edward Griesmer, Parayath Gopal Krishnakumar, David Benson
  • Patent number: 5555405
    Abstract: A forwarding information management system for a bridge or router is disclosed, including a method and apparatus for merging free space segments in a forwarding table. The forwarding table is allocated into forwarding entry sets and free space queues. Each forwarding entry set must be within a single contiguous block of the forwarding table memory. A set of free queues is used to manage the free space segments in the forwarding table that are not allocated into forwarding entries. Each free queue maintains pointers to free space segments of a particular size. The forwarding table becomes fragmented as forwarding entries are added. A table packing process is triggered by a predetermined trigger to merge small areas of free space into large areas of free space, making consecutive forwarding entry sets contiguous in order to combine small areas of free space into larger ones.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 1993
    Date of Patent: September 10, 1996
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: Martin E. Griesmer, David Benson
  • Patent number: 5542076
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for adaptive interrupt servicing is disclosed. The number of interrupts occurring within a predetermined time period is counted and stored as a value in an interrupt counter. At the end of each interrupt service, the interrupt counter value is compared to a predefined threshold value. If the value in the interrupt counter equals or exceeds the threshold value, further interrupt servicing is disabled.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 1993
    Date of Patent: July 30, 1996
    Assignee: Digital Equipment Corporation
    Inventors: David Benson, Paul W. Ciarfella, Peter C. Hayden, David S. Sawyer