Patents by Inventor Steven J. Griffith

Steven J. Griffith 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: 5584037
    Abstract: An allocator assigns entries for a circular buffer. The allocator receives requests for storing data in entries of the circular buffer, and generates a head pointer to identify a starting entry in the circular buffer for which circular buffer entries are not allocated. In addition to pointing to an entry in the circular buffer, the head pointer includes a wrap bit. The allocator toggles the wrap bit each time the allocator traverses the linear queue of the circular buffer. A tail pointer is generated, including the wrap bit, to identify an ending entry in the circular buffer for which circular buffer entries are allocated. In response to the request for entries, the allocator sequentially assigns entries for the requests located between the head pointer and the tail pointer. The allocator has application for use in a microprocessor performing out-of-order dispatch and speculative execution. The allocator is coupled to a reorder buffer, configured as a circular buffer, to permit allocation of entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 13, 1995
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Papworth, Andrew F. Glew, Michael A. Fetterman, Glenn J. Hinton, Robert P. Colwell, Steven J. Griffith, Shantanu R. Gupta, Narayan Hegde
  • Patent number: 5584038
    Abstract: An allocator assigns entries for a circular buffer. The allocator receives requests for storing data in entries of the circular buffer, and generates a head pointer to identify a starting entry in the circular buffer for which circular buffer entries are not allocated. In addition to pointing to an entry in the circular buffer, the head pointer includes a wrap bit. The allocator toggles the wrap bit each time the allocator traverses the linear queue of the circular buffer. A tail pointer is generated, including the wrap bit, to identify an ending entry in the circular buffer for which circular buffer entries are allocated. In response to the request for entries, the allocator sequentially assigns entries for the requests located between the head pointer and the tail pointer. The allocator has application for use in a microprocessor performing out-of-order dispatch anti speculative execution. The allocator is coupled to a reorder buffer, configured as a circular buffer, to permit allocation of entries.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 17, 1996
    Date of Patent: December 10, 1996
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventors: David B. Papworth, Andrew F. Glew, Michael A. Fetterman, Glenn J. Hinton, Robert P. Colwell, Steven J. Griffith, Shantanu R. Gupta, Narayan Hegde