Patents by Inventor Mark F. Wilding

Mark F. Wilding 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: 20200174833
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20200174852
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20200174834
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20200174887
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20200174832
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20200174918
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20200175157
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed relating to automated operations management. In various embodiments, a computer system accesses operational information that defines commands for an operational scenario and accesses blueprints that describe operational entities in a target computer environment related to the operational scenario. The computer system implements the operational scenario for the target computer environment. The implementing may include executing a hierarchy of controller modules that include an orchestrator controller module at top level of the hierarchy that is executable to carry out the commands by issuing instructions to controller modules at a next level. The controller modules may be executable to manage the operational entities according to the blueprints to complete the operational scenario.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 3, 2019
    Publication date: June 4, 2020
    Inventor: Mark F. Wilding
  • Patent number: 9170844
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for software prioritization of concurrent transactions for embedded conflict arbitration in transactional memory management. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for software prioritization of concurrent transactions for embedded conflict arbitration in transactional memory management can include setting different hardware registers with different priority values for correspondingly different transactions in a transactional memory system configured for transactional memory management according to respective priority values specified by priority assignment logic in external software support for the system. The method also can include detecting a conflict amongst the transactions in the system. Finally, the method can include applying conflict arbitration within the system based upon the priority values specified by the priority assignment logic in the external software support for the system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Date of Patent: October 27, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Blainey, C. Brian Hall, Thomas J. Heller, Jr., Mark F. Wilding
  • Patent number: 8904178
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for directing a client to establish a secure connection with a server across a public network. The server and the client exchange a Server Authentication Public Key, a Client Authentication Public Key, and a Remote Service Unique Identifier (RSUID) during a registration process. In one embodiment, the method includes the client transmitting to the server a client information package having the RSUID and a client challenge information package encrypted with the Server Authentication Public Key, the client receiving from the server a server information package having the RSUID and a server challenge information package and a portion of the received client challenge information encrypted with the Client Authentication Public Key, the client decrypting and verifying the server challenge information package with the Client Authentication Private Key, and, the client transmitting to the server an encrypted portion of the received client challenge information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 26, 2007
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Wilding, Randall W. Horman
  • Patent number: 8244683
    Abstract: A system, method and facility for manipulating registries on a computer system. The system includes a generic registry facility, which features functions classified according to the breadth of their applicability to varying types of registries. The registries may be classified as file-based and proprietary. The file-based registries may be binary or text-based. The generic registry facility provides a library of generic registry facility functions that may be included in a specific registry manipulation module through which a computer program can manipulate a specific registry. The generic registry facility functions may be customized by the developer of the registry manipulation module for a specific registry. The functions may include an action verification function that includes a commit sequence for ensuring that requested changes to a registry are made successfully. The functions may also include a trigger function for triggering events upon the occurrence of a change to a registry.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel D. Behman, Mark F. Wilding
  • Patent number: 8140861
    Abstract: Some aspects of the invention provide methods, systems, and computer program products for inserting an encrypted problem signature into a symptom database. A problem signature is first provided, which is then used to derive a hash value. The problem signature is then encrypted using the hash value. The hash value is further used to indicate the location in the database to insert the problem signature. The problem signature is then inserted at the location in the database indicated by the location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 28, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 20, 2012
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Guy M. Lohman, Mark F. Wilding
  • Patent number: 8032736
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method for regaining memory consistency after a trap via transactional memory. Transactional memory and a transactional memory log are used to undo changes made to memory from a transaction start point up to the point of a trap event. After the trap event is processed, and the changes are rolled back, the program can resume execution at the beginning of the transaction.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Date of Patent: October 4, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Abrashkevich, Dmitri Abrashkevich, Robert J. Blainey, Thomas J. Heller, Jr., Matthew A. Huras, Sridhar Munireddy, Yogendra K. Srivastava, Mark F. Wilding
  • Patent number: 8024365
    Abstract: A dynamic status tree facility for providing status information about one or more systems. The facility includes a tree data structure and methods for manipulating the data structure. The facility is accessible to provider processes using a set of provider interface methods. The facility is accessible to consumer processes using a set of consumer interface methods. The tree data structure is defined by nodes stored in shared memory and attached to by way of a defined data structure made available to the provider and consumer interface methods. The nodes in the tree data structure are defined to have a control block and a variable set of export data. The export data for any one node is specified by a variable in the control block. Certain of the exported data in the tree is representable in a format selected to have one of four defined properties.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: September 20, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Wilding, Alexander Abrashkevich
  • Patent number: 7970797
    Abstract: A method for implementing distributed database management system operations on a computer cluster. The method includes defining ownership relationships between a plurality of computers in the computer cluster and a plurality of data nodes in the computer cluster, wherein a distributed database management system operation can be directly carried out by a first computer only on those data nodes owned by the first computer. The method further includes monitoring database usage characteristics. The method further includes carrying out a re-architecture step in response to the database usage characteristics by redefining ownership relationships to improve the efficiency of the distributed database management system operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 28, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Wilding, Matthew A. Huras
  • Patent number: 7937377
    Abstract: distributed database management system implemented on a cluster of computers. The cluster including disks organized as data nodes. The data nodes being locally connected to one or more computers in the cluster. The distributed database management system includes a distributed database manager layer having a lock manager, a resource manager, and an architecture manager. The lock manager serializes access to the data nodes in the cluster. The resource manager maintains a data representation of the resources of each computer in the cluster and makes the data available to other computers in the cluster to facilitate access to the resources by the other computers. The architecture manager defines logical ownership relationships between data nodes and computers in the cluster to permit the architecture of the database to be dynamically reconfigured to provide improved performance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Wilding, Matthew A. Huras
  • Patent number: 7933882
    Abstract: A method for implementing a set of database management components in a distributed database management system, the distributed database management system being implemented on a computer cluster. The method includes managing resources associated with an associated computer, the associated computer being one of a plurality of computers in the computer cluster. The method also includes managing locks on data stored on a plurality of associated data nodes coupled to the associated computer, wherein the associated data nodes are data nodes of a plurality of data nodes in the computer cluster. The method also includes specifying logical connections for the plurality of associated data nodes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 28, 2008
    Date of Patent: April 26, 2011
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Wilding, Matthew A. Huras
  • Patent number: 7827375
    Abstract: A data structure, method and system are provided incorporating a general purpose memory allocator and defensive heap memory manager. This provides an ability to reliably detect various types of memory errors, dynamically enable or disable memory debugging, enhance success of read and write operations using various memory verification techniques. Further, through separation of control information associated with allocated and free chunks of memory from the chunks themselves (separation of metadata from actual data), enhanced protection of vital information about the heap memory layout in general is provided. The heap memory manager uses read, write, and execute protected heap header walls and pool header walls and may, for each pool and memory block, separately use hidden front and back Memory Debug Information Areas (MDIAs) with checksums and well-known signature fields thereby enhancing overall memory management.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2007
    Date of Patent: November 2, 2010
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Alexander Abrashkevich, Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20100174840
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method, system and computer program product for software prioritization of concurrent transactions for embedded conflict arbitration in transactional memory management. In an embodiment of the invention, a method for software prioritization of concurrent transactions for embedded conflict arbitration in transactional memory management can include setting different hardware registers with different priority values for correspondingly different transactions in a transactional memory system configured for transactional memory management according to respective priority values specified by priority assignment logic in external software support for the system. The method also can include detecting a conflict amongst the transactions in the system. Finally, the method can include applying conflict arbitration within the system based upon the priority values specified by the priority assignment logic in the external software support for the system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 2, 2009
    Publication date: July 8, 2010
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert J. Blainey, C. Brian Hall, Thomas J. Heller, JR., Mark F. Wilding
  • Publication number: 20090217018
    Abstract: Embodiments of the invention provide a method for regaining memory consistency after a trap via transactional memory. Transactional memory and a transactional memory log are used to undo changes made to memory from a transaction start point up to the point of a trap event. After the trap event is processed, and the changes are rolled back, the program can resume execution at the beginning of the transaction.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 26, 2008
    Publication date: August 27, 2009
    Inventors: ALEXANDER ABRASHKEVICH, Dmitri Abrashkevich, Robert J. Blainey, Thomas J. Heller, JR., Matthew A. Huras, Sridhar Munireddy, Yogendra K. Srivastava, Mark F. Wilding
  • Patent number: 7533098
    Abstract: A dynamic status tree facility for providing status information about one or more systems. The facility includes a tree data structure and methods for manipulating the data structure. The facility is accessible to provider processes using a set of provider interface methods. The facility is accessible to consumer processes using a set of consumer interface methods. The tree data structure is defined by nodes stored in shared memory and attached to by way of a defined data structure made available to the provider and consumer interface methods. The nodes in the tree data structure are defined to have a control block and a variable set of export data. The export data for any one node is specified by a variable in the control block. Certain of the exported data in the tree is representable in a format selected to have one of four defined properties. A set of tags are defined for the identification of nodes and export information in the tree data structure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2009
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Mark F. Wilding, Alexander Abrashkevich