Patents by Inventor Randal C. Swanberg

Randal C. Swanberg 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: 10346164
    Abstract: A processor core of a data processing system, in response to a first instruction, generates a copy-type request specifying a source real address and transmits it to a lower level cache. In response to a second instruction, the processor core generates a paste-type request specifying a destination real address associated with a memory-mapped device and transmits it to the lower level cache. In response to the copy-type request, the lower level cache copies a data granule from a storage location specified by the source real address into a non-architected buffer. In response to the paste-type request, the lower level cache writes the data granule from the non-architected buffer to the memory-mapped device. In response to receipt of the data granule, the memory-mapped device stores the data granule in a queue in the system memory associated with a hardware device of the data processing system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 9, 2019
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana B. Arimilli, Bartholomew Blaner, William J. Starke, Randal C. Swanberg, Scott M. Willenborg
  • Patent number: 10157144
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for sharing a context for a coherent accelerator in a kernel of a computer system. A request is received from a first application to perform an I/O operation within a kernel context. The request specifies a first effective address distinct to the first application. The first effective address specifies a location in a first effective address space and a first effective segment identifier. The first effective address is remapped to a second effective address. The second effective address specifies a location in a second effective address space of the kernel context and a second effective segment identifier. A virtual address mapping to a virtual address space within the kernel context is determined. The virtual address is translated to a physical memory address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andre L. Albot, Vishal C. Aslot, Mark Rogers, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 10157145
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for sharing a context for a coherent accelerator in a kernel of a computer system. A request is received from a first application to perform an I/O operation within a kernel context. The request specifies a first effective address distinct to the first application. The first effective address specifies a location in a first effective address space and a first effective segment identifier. The first effective address is remapped to a second effective address. The second effective address specifies a location in a second effective address space of the kernel context and a second effective segment identifier. A virtual address mapping to a virtual address space within the kernel context is determined. The virtual address is translated to a physical memory address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Date of Patent: December 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Andre L. Albot, Vishal C. Aslot, Mark Rogers, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 10102003
    Abstract: Intelligent context management for thread switching is achieved by determining that a register bank has not been used by a thread for a predetermined number of dispatches, and responsively disabling the register bank for use by that thread. A counter is incremented each time the thread is dispatched but the register bank goes unused. Usage or non-usage of the register bank is inferred by comparing a previous checksum for the register bank to a current checksum. If the previous and current checksums match, the system concludes that the register bank has not been used. If a thread attempts to access a disabled bank, the processor takes an interrupt, enables the bank, and resets the corresponding counter. For a system utilizing transactional memory, it is preferable to enable all of the register banks when thread processing begins to avoid aborted transactions from register banks disabled by lazy context management techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 28, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 16, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 10078518
    Abstract: Intelligent context management for thread switching is achieved by determining that a register bank has not been used by a thread for a predetermined number of dispatches, and responsively disabling the register bank for use by that thread. A counter is incremented each time the thread is dispatched but the register bank goes unused. Usage or non-usage of the register bank is inferred by comparing a previous checksum for the register bank to a current checksum. If the previous and current checksums match, the system concludes that the register bank has not been used. If a thread attempts to access a disabled bank, the processor takes an interrupt, enables the bank, and resets the corresponding counter. For a system utilizing transactional memory, it is preferable to enable all of the register banks when thread processing begins to avoid aborted transactions from register banks disabled by lazy context management techniques.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 1, 2012
    Date of Patent: September 18, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventor: Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9971701
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for sharing a context for a coherent accelerator in a kernel of a computer system. According to one embodiment, a request is received from a first application to perform an I/O operation within a kernel context. The request specifies a first effective address distinct to the first application. The first effective address specifies a location in a first effective address space and a first effective segment identifier. The first effective address is remapped to a second effective address. The second effective address specifies a location in a second effective address space of the kernel context and a second effective segment identifier. A virtual address mapping to a virtual address space within the kernel context is determined. The virtual address is translated to a physical memory address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 15, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andre L. Albot, Vishal C. Aslot, Mark D. Rogers, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Publication number: 20180129610
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for sharing a context for a coherent accelerator in a kernel of a computer system. A request is received from a first application to perform an I/O operation within a kernel context. The request specifies a first effective address distinct to the first application. The first effective address specifies a location in a first effective address space and a first effective segment identifier. The first effective address is remapped to a second effective address. The second effective address specifies a location in a second effective address space of the kernel context and a second effective segment identifier. A virtual address mapping to a virtual address space within the kernel context is determined. The virtual address is translated to a physical memory address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 4, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Andre L. ALBOT, Vishal C. ASLOT, Mark ROGERS, Randal C. SWANBERG
  • Publication number: 20180129609
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for sharing a context for a coherent accelerator in a kernel of a computer system. A request is received from a first application to perform an I/O operation within a kernel context. The request specifies a first effective address distinct to the first application. The first effective address specifies a location in a first effective address space and a first effective segment identifier. The first effective address is remapped to a second effective address. The second effective address specifies a location in a second effective address space of the kernel context and a second effective segment identifier. A virtual address mapping to a virtual address space within the kernel context is determined. The virtual address is translated to a physical memory address.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 3, 2018
    Publication date: May 10, 2018
    Inventors: Andre L. ALBOT, Vishal C. ASLOT, Mark ROGERS, Randal C. SWANBERG
  • Patent number: 9928142
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and computer program products to perform an operation comprising determining, by a processor, a process identifier of a process associated with a page fault based on an interrupt source number, wherein the page fault was triggered by a coherent accelerator, executing the process on the processor to recreate the page fault on the processor, and resolving the page fault by an operating system executing on the processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vishal C. Aslot, Bruce Mealey, Mark D. Rogers, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9911021
    Abstract: An electronic product can be configured by a method that includes attaching a machine-readable identification (ID) tag containing an ID code to a hardware unit of the electronic product. The ID code is associated with a particular configuration of the electronic product, and can be read or scanned with a mobile device configured to send the ID code to a provider server device. In response to receiving the ID code, the provider server device can send product configuration instructions and a product configuration application to the mobile device. The product configuration instructions can guide a user through a customized series of electronic product configuration operations. The product configuration application can assist the user in performing configuration operations, can provide customized configuration help, and can establish a wireless link between the mobile device and the electronic product, allowing the user to interact with the electronic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brad L. Brech, Michael E. Daley, Sunil J. Kamath, Leslie Png, Kevin J. Reilly, Steven L. Roberts, Alise Spence, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9912781
    Abstract: An electronic product can be configured by a method that includes attaching a machine-readable identification (ID) tag containing an ID code to a hardware unit of the electronic product. The ID code is associated with a particular configuration of the electronic product, and can be read or scanned with a mobile device configured to send the ID code to a provider server device. In response to receiving the ID code, the provider server device can send product configuration instructions and a product configuration application to the mobile device. The product configuration instructions can guide a user through a customized series of electronic product configuration operations. The product configuration application can assist the user in performing configuration operations, can provide customized configuration help, and can establish a wireless link between the mobile device and the electronic product, allowing the user to interact with the electronic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brad L. Brech, Michael E. Daley, Sunil J. Kamath, Leslie Png, Kevin J. Reilly, Steven L. Roberts, Alise Spence, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Publication number: 20180052688
    Abstract: A processor core of a data processing system, in response to a first instruction, generates a copy-type request specifying a source real address and transmits it to a lower level cache. In response to a second instruction, the processor core generates a paste-type request specifying a destination real address associated with a memory-mapped device and transmits it to the lower level cache. In response to the copy-type request, the lower level cache copies a data granule from a storage location specified by the source real address into a non-architected buffer. In response to the paste-type request, the lower level cache writes the data granule from the non-architected buffer to the memory-mapped device. In response to receipt of the data granule, the memory-mapped device stores the data granule in a queue in the system memory associated with a hardware device of the data processing system.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 22, 2016
    Publication date: February 22, 2018
    Inventors: LAKSHMINARAYANA B. ARIMILLI, BARTHOLOMEW BLANER, WILLIAM J. STARKE, RANDAL C. SWANBERG, SCOTT M. WILLENBORG
  • Patent number: 9898417
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for sharing a context for a coherent accelerator in a kernel of a computer system. According to one embodiment, a request is received from a first application to perform an I/O operation within a kernel context. The request specifies a first effective address distinct to the first application. The first effective address specifies a location in a first effective address space and a first effective segment identifier. The first effective address is remapped to a second effective address. The second effective address specifies a location in a second effective address space of the kernel context and a second effective segment identifier. A virtual address mapping to a virtual address space within the kernel context is determined. The virtual address is translated to a physical memory address.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: February 20, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andre L. Albot, Vishal C. Aslot, Mark D. Rogers, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9817753
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects include managing the access of flash memory by a computer system. A physical memory address space which includes a flash memory portion is established. The flash memory portion may correspond to an input/output memory range. An access request may be detected with respect to the physical memory address space. Using a load-store technique to process the access request, the flash memory portion of the physical memory address space may be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 2, 2015
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Madhusudanan Kandasamy, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9817754
    Abstract: Disclosed aspects include managing the access of flash memory by a computer system. A physical memory address space which includes a flash memory portion is established. The flash memory portion may correspond to an input/output memory range. An access request may be detected with respect to the physical memory address space. Using a load-store technique to process the access request, the flash memory portion of the physical memory address space may be accessed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 3, 2016
    Date of Patent: November 14, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Madhusudanan Kandasamy, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9779041
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for enabling the use poll and select subroutines with coherent accelerator block or character devices. In one embodiment, an operating system receives, from an application, a system call to attach a hardware context with the coherent accelerator block or character device. The operating system generates a channel based on a file descriptor associated with the attach system call. The operating system associates the channel with a hardware context selected from a plurality of hardware contexts available to the coherent accelerator, wherein the hardware context is attached to the application. Upon receiving, from the application, a system call to check for exceptions that have occurred on the coherent accelerator block device or character device, the operating system returns an indication of any exceptions which have occurred while the coherent accelerator was using the hardware context to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 4, 2016
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vishal C. Aslot, Bruce Mealey, Grover H. Neuman, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9733924
    Abstract: An electronic product can be configured by a method that includes attaching a machine-readable identification (ID) tag containing an ID code to a hardware unit of the electronic product. The ID code is associated with a particular configuration of the electronic product, and can be read or scanned with a mobile device configured to send the ID code to a provider server device. In response to receiving the ID code, the provider server device can send product configuration instructions and a product configuration application to the mobile device. The product configuration instructions can guide a user through a customized series of electronic product configuration operations. The product configuration application can assist the user in performing configuration operations, can provide customized configuration help, and can establish a wireless link between the mobile device and the electronic product, allowing the user to interact with the electronic product.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 13, 2017
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Brad L. Brech, Michael E. Daley, Sunil J. Kamath, Leslie Png, Kevin J. Reilly, Steven L. Roberts, Alise Spence, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9684551
    Abstract: In a data processing system, a switch includes a receive data structure including receive entries each uniquely corresponding to a receive window, where each receive entry includes addressing information for one or more mailboxes into which messages can be injected, a send data structure including send entries each uniquely corresponding to a send window, where each send entry includes a receive window field that identifies one or more receive windows, and switch logic. The switch logic, responsive to a request to push a message to one or more receiving threads, accesses a send entry that corresponds to a send window of the sending thread, utilizes contents of the receive window field of the send entry to access one or more of the receive entries, and pushes the message to one or more mailboxes of one or more receiving threads utilizing the addressing information of the receive entry or entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 8, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana B. Arimilli, John D. Irish, William J. Starke, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9678788
    Abstract: Embodiments disclose techniques for enabling the use poll and select subroutines with coherent accelerator block or character devices. In one embodiment, an operating system receives, from an application, a system call to attach a hardware context with the coherent accelerator block or character device. The operating system generates a channel based on a file descriptor associated with the attach system call. The operating system associates the channel with a hardware context selected from a plurality of hardware contexts available to the coherent accelerator, wherein the hardware context is attached to the application. Upon receiving, from the application, a system call to check for exceptions that have occurred on the coherent accelerator block device or character device, the operating system returns an indication of any exceptions which have occurred while the coherent accelerator was using the hardware context to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Vishal C. Aslot, Bruce Mealey, Grover H. Neuman, Randal C. Swanberg
  • Patent number: 9678812
    Abstract: In a data processing system, a switch includes a receive data structure including receive entries each uniquely corresponding to a receive window, where each receive entry includes addressing information for one or more mailboxes into which messages can be injected, a send data structure including send entries each uniquely corresponding to a send window, where each send entry includes a receive window field that identifies one or more receive windows, and switch logic. The switch logic, responsive to a request to push a message to one or more receiving threads, accesses a send entry that corresponds to a send window of the sending thread, utilizes contents of the receive window field of the send entry to access one or more of the receive entries, and pushes the message to one or more mailboxes of one or more receiving threads utilizing the addressing information of the receive entry or entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 13, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lakshminarayana B. Arimilli, John D. Irish, William J. Starke, Randal C. Swanberg