Patents by Inventor Robert F. Pryor

Robert F. Pryor 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: 10554730
    Abstract: A method and system of managing downloads of a file from a server. A determination is made of whether or not a number of current connections between a client and the server is less than a preset threshold number, exceeding one, of allowable concurrent connections with the server. If the determination is that the number of current connections is less than the preset threshold number, responsive to a request by the client to download the file pursuant to another connection between the client and the server, the computer establishes the other connection between the client and the server and downloads the file to the client via the other connection. If the determination is that the number of current connections is at least the preset threshold number, the computer denies a request by the client to download the file from the server using another connection between the client and the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Date of Patent: February 4, 2020
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20190364094
    Abstract: A method and system of managing downloads of a file from a server. A number of current connections between a client and the server is determined to be at least a preset threshold number of allowable concurrent connections between the server and the client and in response, a request by the client to download the file from the server using another connection between the client and the server is denied. After the request is denied, the number of current connections between the client and the server is determined to be less than the preset threshold number after which the other connection between the client and the server is established and the file is downloaded to the client via the other connection. The preset threshold number of allowable concurrent connections is automatically changed based on a total number of active current connections between server and both the client and other clients.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2019
    Publication date: November 28, 2019
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20180077220
    Abstract: A method and system of managing downloads of a file from a server. A determination is made of whether or not a number of current connections between a client and the server is less than a preset threshold number, exceeding one, of allowable concurrent connections with the server. If the determination is that the number of current connections is less than the preset threshold number, responsive to a request by the client to download the file pursuant to another connection between the client and the server, the computer establishes the other connection. between the client and the server and downloads the file to the client via the other connection. If the determination is that the number of current connections is at least the preset threshold number, the computer denies a request by the client to download the file from the server using another connection between the client and the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 20, 2017
    Publication date: March 15, 2018
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9894140
    Abstract: A method and system for managing download of a file. In response to a request from a client computer to establish a session to download the file beginning at a specified location after a start of the file, an estimated length of a portion of the file beginning at the specified location is estimated, a time window for enabling the client computer to avoid a redundant download of a portion of the file by terminating the session within the time window is computed, and the download of the file is suspended for the time window. If the session is not terminated within the time window, then download of the file is automatically resumed following the length in further response to the request. If the session is terminated within the time window, then download of the file is not automatically resumed following the length in further response to the request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 13, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9876847
    Abstract: A method and system of managing downloads of a file from a server. A determination is made of whether or not a number of current connections between the client and the server is less than a preset threshold number, exceeding one, of allowable concurrent connections with the server. If the determination is that the number of current connections is less than the preset threshold number, responsive to a request by the client to download the file pursuant to another connection between the client and the server, the computer establishes the other connection between the client and the server and downloads the file to the client via the other connection. If the determination is that the number of current connections is at least the preset threshold number, the computer denies a request by the client to download the file from the server using another connection between the client and the server.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20160072874
    Abstract: A method and system for managing download of a file. In response to a request from a client computer to establish a session to download the file beginning at a specified location after a start of the file, an estimated length of a portion of the file beginning at the specified location is estimated, a time window for enabling the client computer to avoid a redundant download of a portion of the file by terminating the session within the time window is computed, and the download of the file is suspended for the time window. If the session is not terminated within the time window, then download of the file is automatically resumed following the length in further response to the request. If the session is terminated within the time window, then download of the file is not automatically resumed following the length in further response to the request.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 18, 2015
    Publication date: March 10, 2016
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20150326643
    Abstract: A method and system of managing downloads of a file from a server. A determination is made of whether or not a number of current connections between the client and the server is less than a preset threshold number, exceeding one, of allowable concurrent connections with the server. If the determination is that the number of current connections is less than the preset threshold number, responsive to a request by the client to download the file pursuant to another connection between the client and the server, the computer establishes the other connection between the client and the server and downloads the file to the client via the other connection. If the determination is that the number of current connections is at least the preset threshold number, the computer denies a request by the client to download the file from the server using another connection between the client and the server.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 22, 2015
    Publication date: November 12, 2015
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 9177488
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for securing data written to a storage device coupled to a computer system. The method includes providing a detachable data security key device for controlling access to data written to a storage within a computer system and attaching the security key device to the computer system for enabling access to the data written to the storage. Further, the method includes detaching the security key device from the computer system for disabling access to the data written to the storage, wherein removal of the security key device from the computer system renders the data written to the storage unreadable. In an embodiment, the security key device includes an encryption key module coupled to the security key device for encrypting the data written to the storage and includes a decryption key module coupled to the security key device for decrypting the data written to the storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Date of Patent: November 3, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Chontos, Edward J. Grenchus, Jr., David P. Kolsna, Robert F. Pryor
  • Patent number: 9106627
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for managing downloads of files from a server. The method includes presetting, using a tool, a threshold number of allowable connections for each client requesting connections to download files from a server. The method further includes identifying, using the tool, a client requesting one or more connections to download a file and tracking, using the tool, whether or not the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset. If the client has not exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, allowing the one or more connections up to the threshold number of allowable connections preset for the client to download the file from the server and if the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, preventing the client from connecting to the server, such that overloading of the server with too many simultaneous active connections is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Date of Patent: August 11, 2015
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20130013744
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for managing downloads of files from a server. The method includes presetting, using a tool, a threshold number of allowable connections for each client requesting connections to download files from a server. The method further includes identifying, using the tool, a client requesting one or more connections to download a file and tracking, using the tool, whether or not the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset. If the client has not exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, allowing the one or more connections up to the threshold number of allowable connections preset for the client to download the file from the server and if the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, preventing the client from connecting to the server, such that overloading of the server with too many simultaneous active connections is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 13, 2012
    Publication date: January 10, 2013
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Patent number: 8346775
    Abstract: The different illustrative embodiments provide a method, a computer program product, and an apparatus for managing information. A request to store text in a table in a database is received. A determination is made as to whether a first collection of textual information having a first concept that is related to a second concept for the text is present in the database responsive to receiving the request containing the text. The text is associated with the first collection of textual information in the database responsive to a determination that the first collection of textual information in the database having the first concept that is related to the second concept for the text is present in the database. A second collection for the data with a third concept that is related to the second concept for the text within the degree of relatedness is created.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Sandra K. Johnson, Grant D. Miller, Robert F. Pryor
  • Patent number: 8347286
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for managing downloads of files from a server. The method includes presetting, using a tool, a threshold number of allowable connections for each client requesting connections to download files from a server. The method further includes identifying, using the tool, a client requesting one or more connections to download a file and tracking, using the tool, whether or not the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset. If the client has not exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, allowing the one or more connections up to the threshold number of allowable connections preset for the client to download the file from the server and if the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, preventing the client from connecting to the server, such that overloading of the server with too many simultaneous active connections is minimized.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: January 1, 2013
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons, Jr.
  • Publication number: 20120054185
    Abstract: The different illustrative embodiments provide a method, a computer program product, and an apparatus for managing information. A request to store text in a table in a database is received. A determination is made as to whether a first collection of textual information having a first concept that is related to a second concept for the text is present in the database responsive to receiving the request containing the text. The text is associated with the first collection of textual information in the database responsive to a determination that the first collection of textual information in the database having the first concept that is related to the second concept for the text is present in the database. A second collection for the data with a third concept that is related to the second concept for the text within the degree of relatedness is created.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 31, 2010
    Publication date: March 1, 2012
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Sandra K. Johnson, Grant D. Miller, Robert F. Pryor
  • Publication number: 20100037063
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for securing data written to a storage device coupled to a computer system. The method includes providing a detachable data security key device for controlling access to data written to a storage within a computer system and attaching the security key device to the computer system for enabling access to the data written to the storage. Further, the method includes detaching the security key device from the computer system for disabling access to the data written to the storage, wherein removal of the security key device from the computer system renders the data written to the storage unreadable. In an embodiment, the security key device includes an encryption key module coupled to the security key device for encrypting the data written to the storage and includes a decryption key module coupled to the security key device for decrypting the data written to the storage.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 11, 2008
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: John D. Chontos, Edward J. Grenchus, JR., David P. Kolosna, Robert F. Pryor
  • Publication number: 20090024991
    Abstract: A method, system and program product for managing downloads of files from a server. The method includes presetting, using a tool, a threshold number of allowable connections for each client requesting connections to download files from a server. The method further includes identifying, using the tool, a client requesting one or more connections to download a file and tracking, using the tool, whether or not the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset. If the client has not exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, allowing the one or more connections up to the threshold number of allowable connections preset for the client to download the file from the server and if the client has exceeded the threshold number of allowable connections preset, preventing the client from connecting to the server, such that overloading of the server with too many simultaneous active connections is minimized.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Publication date: January 22, 2009
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Daniel A. Campbell, Robert F. Pryor, John B. Simmons
  • Publication number: 20080163191
    Abstract: Through methods, systems and program codes, a file download URL is used to navigate to a download server, the download server downloading or not downloading a file to a party in response to the URL without communicating with a backend server or performing a party demographic information look-up, the download server also logging a complete download of the file to a party pointer database file. Download URL formation may be dependent upon approval of party demographic information. URL signed parameter strings comprise file name, party pointer, expiration and file type parameters. Download reporting comprises searching a database for party pointers associated with successful file downloads, compiling pointers associated with successful downloads and generating an export file for a downloaded file listing parties from demographic information indexed by associated pointers. In one aspect, a download server logs a flat file into a database in response a complete file download.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2006
    Publication date: July 3, 2008
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: LeeAnn L. Kania, Joy L. Mann, Robert F. Pryor
  • Patent number: 5598470
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided in a data processing system for securing access to particular files which are stored in a computer-accessible memory media. A file management program is provided as an operating system component of the data processing system. A plurality of files are stored in a computer-accessible memory media, including at least one encrypted file and at least one unencrypted file. For each encrypted file, a preselected portion of the file is recorded in memory, a decryption block is generated which includes information which can be utilized to decrypt the file, and the decryption block is incorporated in the file in lieu of the preselected portion which has been recorded in memory. Then, a file management program is utilized to monitor data processing system calls for files stored in the computer-accessible memory media. The file management program determines whether the called file has an associated decryption block.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: January 28, 1997
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Cooper, Hudson W. Philips, Robert F. Pryor
  • Patent number: 5563946
    Abstract: A method and apparatus is provided for transferring encrypted files from a source computer to one or more target computers. An export program is provided in the source computer and an import program is provided in the target computer. The export program decrypts the encrypted file and tags the export operation with an export counter value. The clear text file is then encrypted with an encryption operation utilizing a key which is unique to a transfer memory media, such as diskette serial number. The memory media is carried to a target computer which utilizes the import file to decrypt the encrypted file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: October 8, 1996
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Thomas E. Cooper, Jagdish Nagda, Robert F. Pryor
  • Patent number: 4318612
    Abstract: The temperature of a hot roll xerographic fuser is controlled by a control system which compares a command set point temperature to the fuser's actual temperature and energizes a fuser heater accordingly. A cold start of the fuser is distinguished from a warm start, and the command set point temperature is magnitude-programmed accordingly.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 10, 1980
    Date of Patent: March 9, 1982
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Robert C. Brannan, Robert J. Fogoros, Michael R. Headrick, Ainis Krumins, Robert F. Pryor