Patents by Inventor Fred A. Bower, III

Fred A. Bower, III 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: 10327361
    Abstract: Managing thermal cycles of air temperature within a server rack includes: monitoring air temperature within the server rack; determining that the monitored temperature has fallen below a predetermined minimum threshold; and increasing air temperature within the server rack including capturing warm ambient air.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 18, 2019
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Jerry D. Ackaret, Fred A. Bower, III, Gary D. Cudak, Caihong Zhang
  • Publication number: 20190182117
    Abstract: Topology discovery between compute nodes and interconnect switches including creating, on an interconnect switch, a virtual topology discovery device for a first port, wherein the interconnect switch is coupled to a compute node via the first port, and wherein the virtual topology discovery device comprises a port identifier for the first port; mapping the virtual topology discovery device to the first port; receiving an inventory request from the compute node via the first port; routing the inventory request to the virtual topology discovery device for the first port; and sending, from the virtual topology discovery device for the first port, the port identifier to the compute node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2017
    Publication date: June 13, 2019
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, CAIHONG ZHANG, XIAO DONG DU, PATRICK L. CAPORALE, JEFFREY R. HAMILTON, JAMES J. PARSONESE, PRAVIN PATEL
  • Publication number: 20190171481
    Abstract: Performing maintenance tasks on composed systems during workload execution including monitoring a performance of a compute element during the execution of a workload, wherein the compute element is mapped to a composed system executing the workload, and wherein the compute element and the composed system are within a pod of composable compute elements; determining, based on the performance of the compute element, that the compute element has a pending maintenance task; unmapping, from the composed system during the execution of the workload, the compute element with the pending maintenance task; performing the maintenance task on the unmapped compute element during the execution of the workload by the composed system; and remapping the compute element to the composed system during the execution of the workload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2017
    Publication date: June 6, 2019
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, CAIHONG ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20190012092
    Abstract: Managing composable compute systems with support for hyperconverged software defined storage includes: monitoring a composable pod of computing elements, wherein the composable pod of computing elements comprises a first composed server and a first data drive, wherein the first composed server comprises at least one of the computing elements of the composable pod, and wherein the first data drive is configured for attachment to a composable system executing hyperconverged storage software; detecting that a workload on the first composed server of the composable pod targets data on the first data drive of the composable pod; determining that the first data drive of the composable pod is not mapped to the first composed server; and mapping the first data drive containing the data targeted by the workload to the first composed server hosting the workload.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 5, 2017
    Publication date: January 10, 2019
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, CAIHONG ZHANG, DA KE XU
  • Patent number: 10116594
    Abstract: A method includes providing, by a network switch, a production VLAN that supports communication between a plurality of servers connected to the switch; and detecting a new physical connection of a cable between a first server and a first switch port of the switch. The method further includes automatically allocating, by the switch, a first provisioning VLAN to the first server, wherein communications coming from the first server are directed to the first provisioning VLAN, wherein the first provisioning VLAN includes a provisioning server, and wherein the first provisioning VLAN is isolated against communication with the production VLAN. An apparatus that performs the method is also provided.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Gary D. Cudak, Fred A. Bower, III
  • Patent number: 10102041
    Abstract: A method includes tracking, for each of a plurality of workloads, a wear rate incurred by a component of a given component type as a result of processing an instance of the workload on a compute node that includes the component. The method further comprises determining a remaining lifespan for a plurality of components in a plurality of compute nodes, and identifying a component from among the plurality of components having a remaining lifespan of less than a first threshold amount. Sill further, the method comprises identifying an instance of one of the workloads that needs processing and has a wear rate greater than a second threshold amount, and processing the identified workload instance on the identified component.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo Enterprise Solutions (Singapore) Pte. Ltd.
    Inventors: Paul Artman, Gary D. Cudak, Fred A. Bower, III, Ajay Dholakia
  • Publication number: 20180295753
    Abstract: Managing thermal cycles of air temperature within a server rack includes: monitoring air temperature within the server rack; determining that the monitored temperature has fallen below a predetermined minimum threshold; and increasing air temperature within the server rack including capturing warm ambient air.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2017
    Publication date: October 11, 2018
    Inventors: JERRY D. ACKARET, FRED A. BOWER, III, GARY D. CUDAK, CAIHONG ZHANG
  • Publication number: 20180278696
    Abstract: An apparatus, such as a computing node, includes a storage device for storing program instructions and a service processor for processing the program instructions to: send an out-of-band request for access to an operator panel, wherein the out-of-band request is sent over a local network domain operatively coupling a plurality of computing nodes; receive a first out-of-band reply identifying an address and one or more capabilities of an operator panel accessible over the local network domain; and negotiate an active link to the operator panel over the local network domain. Another apparatus is similar but further includes an operator panel operatively coupled to a service processor, the service processor for processing the program instructions to: receive the out-of-band request over the local network domain; send the first out-of-band message; and negotiate an active link between the operator panel and a computing node.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 24, 2017
    Publication date: September 27, 2018
    Inventors: Fred A. Bower, III, Caihong Zhang, CheKim Chhuor
  • Publication number: 20180211049
    Abstract: An apparatus includes one or more processor core, trusted key store, memory controller, and a memory module. The memory controller includes an encryption/decryption module that encrypts data being stored to the memory module for a guest OS being executed by the processor core(s) and that decrypts data being read from the memory module for the guest OS. Data owned by the guest OS is encrypted and decrypted by the encryption/decryption module using an encryption key stored by the trusted key store in association with the guest OS. A method encrypts data owned by the guest OS using the encryption key assigned to the guest OS and stores the encrypted data on a memory module, wherein the encrypted data is stored in association with the process identifier of the guest OS, and decrypts the encrypted data using the guest OS encryption key and provides the decrypted data to the guest OS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2017
    Publication date: July 26, 2018
    Inventors: Scott Kelso, Fred A. Bower, III
  • Publication number: 20180159797
    Abstract: A method includes providing, by a network switch, a production VLAN that supports communication between a plurality of servers connected to the switch; and detecting a new physical connection of a cable between a first server and a first switch port of the switch. The method further includes automatically allocating, by the switch, a first provisioning VLAN to the first server, wherein communications coming from the first server are directed to the first provisioning VLAN, wherein the first provisioning VLAN includes a provisioning server, and wherein the first provisioning VLAN is isolated against communication with the production VLAN. An apparatus that performs the method is also provided.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 6, 2016
    Publication date: June 7, 2018
    Inventors: Gary D. Cudak, Fred A. Bower, III
  • Publication number: 20180107569
    Abstract: A method includes migrating a workload from a first server to a second server, wherein the first and second servers are within a management network. The method further includes transferring one or more configuration parameter(s) from the first server to the second server, wherein the one or more parameter(s) enables continued performance of the workload on the second server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 18, 2016
    Publication date: April 19, 2018
    Inventors: Fred A. Bower, III, Caihong Zhang
  • Publication number: 20180081424
    Abstract: For system management applied to a computer system, a power supply of the computer system starts to power a motherboard and a CPU thereon. A reset holding module in a system management controller holds the CPU in a Power-on Reset (PoR) state. The system management controller executes an operation requested by a user. The reset holding module releases the CPU from the PoR state in response to the system management controller completing the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 30, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, HANK CH CHUNG
  • Patent number: 9898073
    Abstract: For system management applied to a computer system, a power supply of the computer system starts to power a motherboard and a CPU thereon. A reset holding module in a system management controller holds the CPU in a Power-on Reset (PoR) state. The system management controller executes an operation requested by a user. The reset holding module releases the CPU from the PoR state in response to the system management controller completing the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fred A. Bower, III, Hank Ch Chung
  • Publication number: 20180048470
    Abstract: A CPU package includes an encryption and decryption module disposed in a communication path between an instruction path of a processor core and a data register that is externally accessible through a debug port, and a key store accessible to the module. The module is configured to encrypt and store data in the data register for each of a plurality of processes being handled in the instruction path, wherein data owned by each process is encrypted and decrypted by the module using an encryption key assigned to the process. The key store is configured to store the encryption key assigned to each of a plurality of processes, wherein the key store is inaccessible outside the CPU package. The data is only decrypted for a requesting process having a process identifier that matches the process identifier stored in the processor data structure along with the requested data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 10, 2016
    Publication date: February 15, 2018
    Inventors: Fred A. Bower, III, William G. Holland, Scott Kelso, Christopher L. Wood
  • Patent number: 9874929
    Abstract: For system management applied to a computer system, a power supply of the computer system starts to power a motherboard and a CPU thereon. A reset holding module in a system management controller holds the CPU in a Power-on Reset (PoR) state. The system management controller executes an operation requested by a user. The reset holding module releases the CPU from the PoR state in response to the system management controller completing the operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 25, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Fred A. Bower, III, Hank C H Chung
  • Publication number: 20170286176
    Abstract: A method includes tracking, for each of a plurality of workloads, a wear rate incurred by a component of a given component type as a result of processing an instance of the workload on a compute node that includes the component. The method further comprises determining a remaining lifespan for a plurality of components in a plurality of compute nodes, and identifying a component from among the plurality of components having a remaining lifespan of less than a first threshold amount. Sill further, the method comprises identifying an instance of one of the workloads that needs processing and has a wear rate greater than a second threshold amount, and processing the identified workload instance on the identified component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 30, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: Paul Artman, Gary D. Cudak, Fred A. Bower, III, Ajay Dholakia
  • Publication number: 20170289062
    Abstract: Workload distribution based on serviceability includes: generating, for each of a plurality of computing systems, a metric representing serviceability of the computing system for which the metric is generated; and distributing workload among said plurality of computing systems in dependence upon the metrics.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Publication date: October 5, 2017
    Inventors: PAUL ARTMAN, FRED A. BOWER, III, GARY D. CUDAK, AJAY DHOLAKIA, SCOTT KELSO
  • Publication number: 20170063718
    Abstract: Repurposing a target endpoint to execute a management task, including: identifying an amount of computing resources required to execute a management task that controls one or more operational aspects of a target endpoint; identifying an amount of computing resources required to repurpose the target endpoint such that the target endpoint can participate in the execution of the management task; determining, in dependence upon the amount of computing resources required to execute the management task and the amount of computing resources required to repurpose the target endpoint, whether to repurpose the target endpoint; and responsive to determining to repurpose the target endpoint, initiating execution of a portion of the management task on the target endpoint.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 2, 2015
    Publication date: March 2, 2017
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, ANDREW J. SLOMA
  • Publication number: 20160041607
    Abstract: For system management applied to a computer system, a power supply of the computer system starts to power a motherboard and a CPU thereon. A reset holding module in a system management controller holds the CPU in a Power-on Reset (PoR) state. The system management controller executes an operation requested by a user. The reset holding module releases the CPU from the PoR state in response to the system management controller completing the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 20, 2015
    Publication date: February 11, 2016
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, HANK CH CHUNG
  • Publication number: 20160026473
    Abstract: For system management applied to a computer system, a power supply of the computer system starts to power a motherboard and a CPU thereon. A reset holding module in a system management controller holds the CPU in a Power-on Reset (PoR) state. The system management controller executes an operation requested by a user. The reset holding module releases the CPU from the PoR state in response to the system management controller completing the operation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 25, 2015
    Publication date: January 28, 2016
    Inventors: FRED A. BOWER, III, HANK CH CHUNG