Patents by Inventor Harald Pross

Harald Pross 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: 10838816
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting state and sparing of optical Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express or PCIE) cable channels attached to an IO drawer. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions and state detection and sparing functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and an PCIE enclosure, each optical cable includes one or more spare optical channels. An identified failed optical channel is rerouted to the spare optical channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Date of Patent: November 17, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christoper J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20180081761
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting state and sparing of optical Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express or PCIE) cable channels attached to an IO drawer. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions and state detection and sparing functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and an PCIE enclosure, each optical cable includes one or more spare optical channels. An identified failed optical channel is rerouted to the spare optical channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 29, 2017
    Publication date: March 22, 2018
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christoper J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Patent number: 9891998
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting state and sparing of optical Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express or PCIE) cable channels attached to an IO drawer. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions and state detection and sparing functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and an PCIE enclosure, each optical cable includes one or more spare optical channels. An identified failed optical channel is rerouted to the spare optical channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Patent number: 9697155
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting and configuring an external input/output (IO) enclosure in a computer system. A PCIE Host Bridge (PHB) in a system unit is connected to a plurality of PCIE add-in card slots. One or more cables are connected between the PHB and the external enclosure. System firmware including detecting and configuring functions uses sideband structure for detecting a PCIE cable card and configuring the external input/output (IO) enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Curtis S. Eide, Christopher J. Engel, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand, William A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9697166
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for implementing health check for optical cable attached Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIE) enclosures in a computer system. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and a PCIE enclosure. A PCIE link to the PCIE enclosure is reset responsive to a predefined event. After a set delay, a PCIE link health check is performed verifying PCIE link width and speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Patent number: 9697156
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting and configuring an external input/output (IO) enclosure in a computer system. A PCIE Host Bridge (PHB) in a system unit is connected to a plurality of PCIE add-in card slots. One or more cables are connected between the PHB and the external enclosure. System firmware including detecting and configuring functions uses sideband structure for detecting a PCIE cable card and configuring the external input/output (IO) enclosure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Curtis S. Eide, Christopher J. Engel, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand, William A. Thompson
  • Patent number: 9697167
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for implementing health check for optical cable attached Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIE) enclosures in a computer system. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and a PCIE enclosure. A PCIE link to the PCIE enclosure is reset responsive to a predefined event. After a set delay, a PCIE link health check is performed verifying PCIE link width and speed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 4, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Patent number: 9582366
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting state and sparing of optical Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express or PCIE) cable channels attached to an IO drawer. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions and state detection and sparing functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and a PCIE enclosure, each optical cable includes one or more spare optical channels. An identified failed optical channel is rerouted to the spare optical channel.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Date of Patent: February 28, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20160203100
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for implementing health check for optical cable attached Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIE) enclosures in a computer system. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and a PCIE enclosure. A PCIE link to the PCIE enclosure is reset responsive to a predefined event. After a set delay, a PCIE link health check is performed verifying PCIE link width and speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 19, 2016
    Publication date: July 14, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Patent number: 9384104
    Abstract: A testing backplane apparatus includes first test ports configured to receive a first processor assembly under test and the plurality of first test ports may be an even number of first test ports or an odd number of first test ports. The testing backplane apparatus includes second test ports, where each first test port corresponds to a second test port and the second test ports connect to a second processor assembly. The testing backplane apparatus includes a signal pathway from each first test port to a second test port. The signal pathway includes a signal path length within a range between a maximum signal path length and a minimum signal path length. Each port on the first processor assembly corresponds to each port on the second processor assembly and the testing backplane apparatus is configured differently from a backplane used as a final destination for operating the first processor assembly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 5, 2016
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel M Crowell, James S Fields, Richard B Finch, Harald Pross, Gerald G Stanquist
  • Publication number: 20160147705
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for implementing health check for optical cable attached Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIE) enclosures in a computer system. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and a PCIE enclosure. A PCIE link to the PCIE enclosure is reset responsive to a predefined event. After a set delay, a PCIE link health check is performed verifying PCIE link width and speed.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20160147697
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting and configuring an external input/output (IO) enclosure in a computer system. A PCIE Host Bridge (PHB) in a system unit is connected to a plurality of PCIE add-in card slots. One or more cables are connected between the PHB and the external enclosure. System firmware including detecting and configuring functions uses sideband structure for detecting a PCIE cable card and configuring the external input/output (IO) enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Curtis S. Eide, Christopher J. Engel, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand, William A. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20160147628
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting state and sparing of optical Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express or PCIE) cable channels attached to an IO drawer. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions and state detection and sparing functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and a PCIE enclosure, each optical cable includes one or more spare optical channels. An identified failed optical channel is rerouted to the spare optical channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 21, 2014
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20160147606
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting state and sparing of optical Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCI-Express or PCIE) cable channels attached to an IO drawer. System firmware is provided for implementing health check functions and state detection and sparing functions. One or more optical cables are connected between a host bridge and an PCIE enclosure, each optical cable includes one or more spare optical channels. An identified failed optical channel is rerouted to the spare optical channel.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Timothy R. Block, Christopher J. Engel, Kaveh Naderi, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand
  • Publication number: 20160147681
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program product are provided for detecting and configuring an external input/output (IO) enclosure in a computer system. A PCIE Host Bridge (PHB) in a system unit is connected to a plurality of PCIE add-in card slots. One or more cables are connected between the PHB and the external enclosure. System firmware including detecting and configuring functions uses sideband structure for detecting a PCIE cable card and configuring the external input/output (IO) enclosure.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 26, 2015
    Publication date: May 26, 2016
    Inventors: Jesse P. Arroyo, Ellen M. Bauman, Curtis S. Eide, Christopher J. Engel, Gregory M. Nordstrom, Harald Pross, Thomas R. Sand, William A. Thompson
  • Publication number: 20150149846
    Abstract: A testing backplane apparatus includes first test ports configured to receive a first processor assembly under test and the plurality of first test ports may be an even number of first test ports or an odd number of first test ports. The testing backplane apparatus includes second test ports, where each first test port corresponds to a second test port and the second test ports connect to a second processor assembly. The testing backplane apparatus includes a signal pathway from each first test port to a second test port. The signal pathway includes a signal path length within a range between a maximum signal path length and a minimum signal path length. Each port on the first processor assembly corresponds to each port on the second processor assembly and the testing backplane apparatus is configured differently from a backplane used as a final destination for operating the first processor assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 27, 2013
    Publication date: May 28, 2015
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel M. Crowell, James S. Fields, Richard B. Finch, Harald Pross, Gerald G. Stanquist
  • Patent number: 8929086
    Abstract: A MCM system board uses a stiffener arrangement to enhance mechanical, thermo and electrical properties by incorporating an LGA compression connector in a computer system. The present designs of large scale computing systems (LSCS) in IBM use a MCM that is attached to a system board and held together by a stiffening frame. Due to the nature of the manufacturing of the system board, there can be significant gaps formed in the mounting area of the MCM between the board and the stiffener. A method is described that not only fills the void, it also, in addition promotes thermo conduction of excess heat away from the MCM and at the same time promotes enhanced electrical properties of the LGA connections of the MCM to the system board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: January 6, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. McAllister, Harald Pross, Gerhard H. Ruehle, Wolfgang A. Scholz, Gerhard Schoor
  • Patent number: 7930820
    Abstract: A MCM system board uses a stiffener arrangement to enhance mechanical, thermo and electrical properties by incorporating an LGA compression connector in a computer system. The present designs of large scale computing systems (LSCS) in IBM use a MCM that is attached to a system board and held together by a stiffening frame. Due to the nature of the manufacturing of the system board, there can be significant gaps formed in the mounting area of the MCM between the board and the stiffener. A method is described that not only fills the void, it also, in addition promotes thermo conduction of excess heat away from the MCM and at the same time promotes enhanced electrical properties of the LGA connections of the MCM to the system board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. McAllister, Harald Pross, Gerhard H. Ruehle, Wolfgang A. Scholz, Gerhard Schoor
  • Patent number: 7543373
    Abstract: A MCM system board uses a stiffener arrangement to enhance mechanical, thermo and electrical properties by incorporating an LGA compression connector in a computer system. The present designs of large scale computing systems (LSCS) in IBM use a MCM that is attached to a system board and held together by a stiffening frame. Due to the nature of the manufacturing of the system board, there can be significant gaps formed in the mounting area of the MCM between the board and the stiffener. A method is described that not only fills the void, it also, in addition promotes thermo conduction of excess heat away from the MCM and at the same time promotes enhanced electrical properties of the LGA connections of the MCM to the system board.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2005
    Date of Patent: June 9, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael F. McAllister, Harald Pross, Gerhard H. Ruehle, Wolfgang A. Scholz, Gerhard Schoor
  • Publication number: 20080089024
    Abstract: A MCM system board uses a stiffener arrangement to enhance mechanical, thermo and electrical properties by incorporating an LGA compression connector in a computer system. The present designs of large scale computing systems (LSCS) in IBM use a MCM that is attached to a system board and held together by a stiffening frame. Due to the nature of the manufacturing of the system board, there can be significant gaps formed in the mounting area of the MCM between the board and the stiffener. A method is described that not only fills the void, it also, in addition promotes thermo conduction of excess heat away from the MCM and at the same time promotes enhanced electrical properties of the LGA connections of the MCM to the system board.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael McAllister, Harald Pross, Gerhard Ruehle, Wolfgang Scholz, Gerhard Schoor