Patents by Inventor David Rhoades

David Rhoades 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: 20200104939
    Abstract: A method of determining whether to insure an applicant for life insurance is provided. The method includes the steps of: (a) electronically obtaining data from an applicant for life insurance, the data including personal data related to the applicant; (b) electronically underwriting a potential policy using the data obtained in step (a) and externally sourced data related to the applicant; and (c) electronically determining whether to insure the applicant after step (b), and if a determination is made to insure the applicant, electronically issuing an insurance policy for the applicant.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 25, 2019
    Publication date: April 2, 2020
    Inventors: David O'Malley, Gregory Driscoll, Raymond Caucci, Andrew Martin, Helen Rennie, Gretchen Dinucci, Mark Dash, Sheri Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20070258463
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to load balancing for servers having multiple blades and provide a novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for load balancing at the blade level for servers having multiple blades. In one embodiment of the present invention, a blade server for performing load balancing may comprise a plurality of blades, each blade coupled with a plurality of outgoing ports. The blade server may further include a blade management module configured for monitoring throughput performance of the server and the plurality of blades, wherein each blade is coupled with a plurality of outgoing ports, instructing a blade to switch from a first outgoing port to a second outgoing port when throughput performance decreases and instructing the blade to switch from the second outgoing port back to the first outgoing port when throughput performance increases.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 2, 2006
    Publication date: November 8, 2007
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David Rhoades, Tomasz Wilk
  • Publication number: 20070239626
    Abstract: An arrangement which eliminates the need to remove a computer system from its packaging in order to initiate a re-imaging process. Particularly, there is broadly contemplated herein the use of a position-sensitive switching arrangement, such as a mercury switch, that is configured to power selected control circuitry in a computer so as to receive additional information or data as needed to update imaging or other aspects of a computer's operating system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 11, 2007
    Applicant: Lenovo (Singapore) Pte. Ltd
    Inventors: Aaron Merkin, Brandon Ellison, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20070180280
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer program products are disclosed for controlling the allocation of power to a plurality of computers whose supply of power is managed by a common power manager by assigning by a workload manager a power priority to each computer in dependence upon application priorities of computer software applications assigned for execution to the computer and providing, by the workload manager to the power manager, the power priorities of the computers. Controlling the allocation of power to a plurality of computers whose supply of power is managed by a common power manager may include allocating by the power manager power to the computers in dependence upon the power priorities of the computers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 1, 2006
    Publication date: August 2, 2007
    Inventors: Joseph Bolan, Gregg Gibson, Aaron Merkin, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20060136704
    Abstract: A management computer controlling operations of computer systems in a number of positions within a chassis is programmed to receive a signal indicating that one of the computer systems has been installed and to determine whether it has been installed in a previously unoccupied position, installed in a previously occupied position, or moved from one position to another. If it has been installed in a previously unoccupied position, an operating system is installed for remote booting; if it has been installed in a previously occupied position, it is allowed to continue booting the operating system used by the computer it replaced; if it has been moved from one position to another, it is allowed to continue booting as before.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2004
    Publication date: June 22, 2006
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: James Arendt, Gregory Pruett, Ziv Rafalovich, David Rhoades, Linda Riedle
  • Publication number: 20060031830
    Abstract: A method, system, and operating system (OS) software utility that prevents installation of a software product in a computer system in an un-approved location. The OS of the computer system (or the application itself) is coded to require a check of geographical restrictions prior to installing certain software products. The computer system is provided with a GPS receiver, which provides current geographic or spatial location of the computer system. When application installation is requested, the current location is compared against a list of approved locations for installing software on the computer system. No software installation is allowed on the computer system unless the current location is an approved location for the software and/or the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, Jeffery Jennings, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20060031448
    Abstract: A method, system and service for providing on-demand computing power to an owner of a multi-blade computer in a server blade chassis. The server blade chassis is delivered fully populated with server blades to a customer. However, only a portion of the total number of server blades is initially enabled. A management module in the server blade chassis monitors usage of the enabled server blades and associated hardware. If the usage of the enabled server blades exceeds a pre-defined parameter, then additional server blades in the server blade chassis are permanently turned on using the management module and a remotely provided key from the manufacturer of the multi-blade computer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 3, 2004
    Publication date: February 9, 2006
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corp.
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, Gregory Pruett, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050149607
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a system and method for customizing a computer system. According to a first aspect of the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the method includes providing a configuration mechanism in the computer system and transmitting customization information for the computer system to the configuration mechanism. The customization information in the configuration mechanism is then retrieved by the computer system to customize the computer system. In a second aspect, a computer system includes a central processing unit (CPU), memory coupled to the CPU, and a configuration mechanism coupled to the CPU for storing customization information for the computer system, whereby the CPU retrieves during a first system boot the customization information in the configuration mechanism to automatically customize the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050149715
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method and system for customizing a computer system. According to a preferred embodiment, the method includes storing customization information for the computer system in a configuration mechanism and coupling the configuration mechanism to the computer system. The customization information in the configuration mechanism is then retrieved by the computer system to customize the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050149714
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a system and method for customizing a computer system. According to a first aspect of the preferred embodiment of the present invention, the method includes providing a configuration mechanism in the computer system and transmitting customization information for the computer system to the configuration mechanism. The customization information in the configuration mechanism is then retrieved by the computer system to customize the computer system. In a second aspect, a computer system includes a central processing unit (CPU), memory coupled to the CPU, and a configuration mechanism coupled to the CPU for storing customization information for the computer system, whereby the CPU retrieves during a first system boot the customization information in the configuration mechanism to automatically customize the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Publication date: July 7, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050144429
    Abstract: The present invention is related to a method and system for customizing a computer system. According to a preferred embodiment, the method includes storing customization information for the computer system in a configuration mechanism and coupling the configuration mechanism to the computer system. The customization information in the configuration mechanism is then retrieved by the computer system to customize the computer system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 30, 2003
    Publication date: June 30, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050132360
    Abstract: A data processing system suitable for use as a client device in a network includes a service processor communicatively coupled to a general purpose processor of the system. The system is enabled to respond to a boot event by requesting boot information from a network device. If the boot information request expires unsuccessfully, the boot information is requested from the service processor. If the attempt to retrieve the boot information from the service processor is successful, the retrieved boot information is used to establish a network connection to a file transfer server. The file transfer server connection is then used to download an operating system image from the file transfer server to boot the operating system image and install an operating system on the client device. In one embodiment, the client device is a PXE client on a network lacking a DHCP server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2003
    Publication date: June 16, 2005
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, James Matlock, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050114544
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a secure configuration of a server blade on a network. The server blade has a Remote Supervisor Adapter (RSA) card, which contains a list of trusted Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers. A remote manager, which communicates with the RSA card via a hyper-secure network, maintains the list of trusted DHCP servers on the RSA card. When the server blade broadcasts a request for configuration parameters to join the network, a response offer is returned from a DHCP server. If the responding DHCP server is not on the list of trusted DHCP servers contained in the RSA card, then the offer is refused, and another DHCP server's offer is evaluated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: May 26, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, James Matlock, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050097360
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a secure network boot of a secondary server (server blade). The server blade sends a request, via an Ethernet switch, for a boot program to multiple Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers. One of the DHCP servers responds with an address of at least one Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) server that can upload a boot program to the server blade. Only if the responding DHCP server is on a list of known trusted DHCP servers will the Ethernet switch allow the server blade to receive the response from the responding DHCP server, thus allowing the download of a boot program from a PXE server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, Gregory Pruett, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050097549
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a download of software from an application server to a client computer depending on a physical location of the client computer. The client computer transmits a real-time Global Position System (GPS) coordinate to the application server. This location is then compared to a list of authorized location ranges associated with the requested application. If the client computer is located within an authorized location range, the application server then downloads the application to the client computer. If the client computer is not within an authorized area, then the application is not allowed be downloaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, Jeffery Jennings, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050097310
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a secure network boot of a server blade. The server blade is part of a server blade chassis, which holds multiple server blades that communicate with outside devices via a Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) enabled network interface card. When a server blade receives a response from a PXE boot server offering a boot program download, a Remote Supervisory Adapter (RSA) card, managed by a remote manager, compares the identity of the responding PXE boot server with a list of trusted PXE boot servers. Only if the responding PXE boot server is on the list of trusted PXE boot servers will the server blade be allowed to use a boot program provided by the responding PXE boot server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 31, 2003
    Publication date: May 5, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, James Matlock, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050086391
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a download of software from an application server to a client computer depending on a physical location of the client computer. The client computer transmits a real-time Global Position System (GPS) coordinate to the application server. This location is then compared to a list of authorized location ranges associated with the requested application. If the client computer is located within an authorized location range, the application server then downloads the application to the client computer. If the client computer is not within an authorized area, then the application is not allowed be downloaded.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Publication date: April 21, 2005
    Applicant: International Business machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, Jeffery Jennings, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050071675
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a secure network boot of a secondary server (server blade). The server blade sends a request, via an Ethernet switch, for a boot program to multiple Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) servers. One of the DHCP servers responds with an address of at least one Pre-boot Execution Environment (PXE) server that can upload a boot program to the server blade. Only if the responding DHCP server is on a list of known trusted DHCP servers will the Ethernet switch allow the server blade to receive the response from the responding DHCP server, thus allowing the download of a boot program from a PXE server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, Gregory Pruett, David Rhoades
  • Publication number: 20050071619
    Abstract: A method and system for managing a secure network boot of a server blade. The server blade is part of a server blade chassis, which holds multiple server blades that communicate with outside devices via a Pre-boot eXecution Environment (PXE) enabled network interface card. When a server blade receives a response from a PXE boot server offering a boot program download, a Remote Supervisory Adapter (RSA) card, managed by a remote manager, compares the identity of the responding PXE boot server with a list of trusted PXE boot servers. Only if the responding PXE boot server is on the list of trusted PXE boot servers will the server blade be allowed to use a boot program provided by the responding PXE boot server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2003
    Publication date: March 31, 2005
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Simon Chu, Richard Dayan, James Matlock, David Rhoades
  • Patent number: D640386
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 21, 2011
    Inventors: David Rhoades, Joyce A. Staudenraus