Patents by Inventor William A. Shelly

William A. Shelly 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: 5644761
    Abstract: In order to efficiently undertake the micro-steps required to execute an extended instruction in a central processing unit, a main sequence controller and a separate basic operations controller having its own sequencer and the ability to run semi-autonomously are provided. Normally, the main sequence controller determines the operation of the basic operations controller, but, in the case of execution of, for example, a multi-word instruction requiring extended basic operations, the basic operations controller temporarily takes control over the main controller until the extended basic operations have been completed. The result is a relatively simple sequencer that supports tight micro-coded functions where many of the sequence decisions can be predetermined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 5, 1992
    Date of Patent: July 1, 1997
    Assignee: Bull HN Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Ronald W. Yoder, Ronald E. Lange, William A. Shelly, Russell W. Guenthner, Richard L. Demers
  • Patent number: 5515529
    Abstract: In order to validate data manipulation results in a CPU which incorporates duplicate BPUs for integrity, which BPUs are typically each implemented on a single VLSI circuit chip, and which is capable of performing single and double precision data manipulation operations, a first BPU transfers to cache storage only the even bits of a given data manipulation result, and a second BPU correspondingly transfers to cache storage only the odd bit information of the result. One BPU segregates the even bits of the result, adds parity information and sends the even bits and parity information to the cache unit. Similarly, the second BPU segregates the odd bits of the result, adds parity information and sends the odd bits and parity information to the cache unit. In the cache unit, the even and odd bit information are separately parity checked before storage into cache memory. If a parity error is observed in either set of information, an error signal is issued to institute appropriate remedial action.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: May 7, 1996
    Inventors: William A. Shelly, Ronald E. Lange, Donald C. Boothroyd
  • Patent number: 5495579
    Abstract: In order to validate data manipulation results in a CPU which incorporates duplicate basic processing units or integrity, which BPUs are typically each implemented on a single VLSI circuit chip, and which is capable of performing single and double precision data manipulation to obtain first and second data manipulation results, which should be identical, and a cache unit for receiving data manipulation results from both BPUs and for transferring specified information words simultaneously to both BPUs upon request. These operations are controlled by cache interface control signals identically generated in each BPU. In each BPU, the control signals are arranged into first and second groups which are nominally identical. The first control signal group is transmitted to the cache unit from one BPU while the second control group is transmitted to the cache unit from the other BPU. In each BPU, parity is generated for each control group separately.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 25, 1994
    Date of Patent: February 27, 1996
    Assignee: Bull HN Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: William A. Shelly, Ronald E. Lange, Donald C. Boothroyd
  • Patent number: 5276862
    Abstract: In order to gather, store temporarily and deliver (if needed) central processor safestore information, a multiphase clock is employed to capture (one full clock cycle behind) the safestore information which typically includes all software visible registers in all (or selected) data manipulation chips of the CPU by routing the safestore information through temporary storage (under the influence of the multiphase clock) in a cache data array and into a special purpose XRAM module. Thus, upon the sensing of a fault, valid safestore information is available in the XRAM for analysis and, if appropriate, resumption of operation at a sequential point just previous to that at which the fault occurred.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 9, 1991
    Date of Patent: January 4, 1994
    Assignee: Bull HN Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Lowell D. McCulley, Russell W. Guenthner, Clinton B. Eckard, Leonard Rabins, William A. Shelly, Ronald E. Lange, David S. Edwards
  • Patent number: 5263034
    Abstract: In order to provide efficient error detection in a central processor's Basic Processing Unit (BPU) including an AX (address and execution) module, a DN (decimal numeric) module and an FP (floating point) module, each module is provided redundantly in a master/slave pair, and the local result of data manipulation operations performed in each pair are compared for identity before the results are validated for subsequent use in the central processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 16, 1993
    Assignee: Bull Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Russell W. Guenthner, Clinton B. Eckard, Leonard Rabins, William A. Shelly, Ronald E. Lange, David S. Edwards, Bruce E. Flocken
  • Patent number: 5251321
    Abstract: Binary-Coded-Decimal to binary (DTB) and binary to Binary Coded Decimal (BTD) instructions are executed by an address and execution (AX) chip, a decimal numeric (DN) chip, and a cache. For a DTB instruction, the DN chip receives the operand to be converted from the cache, saves the sign, and stores it in a conversion register. When a bit is converted, a Ready-to-Send signal is sent on a COMFROM bus with a Ready-to-Receive Command on a COMTO bus causes the AX chip to accept the bit and the DN chip to generate the next bit until the resultant operand is produced. If the operand to be converted is negative, the DN chip inverts each remaining bit after the first "1" to obtain a two's-complement result. The result in either case is sent to the cache. For a BTD instruction, the AX chip receives the operand to be converted from the cache, send the sign bit to the DN chip and then the bits of the operand when the Ready-to-Send and Ready to Ready-to-Receive signals are produced.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 30, 1992
    Date of Patent: October 5, 1993
    Assignee: Bull HN Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Donald C. Boothroyd, Clinton B. Eckard, Ronald E. Lange, William A. Shelly, Ronald W. Yoder
  • Patent number: 4858176
    Abstract: A distrbutor for the central execution pipeline unit of a central processor of a data processing system, which central processor has a plurality of execution units. The distributor serves as a communications center by which machine words, such as operands, are transmitted primarily from the cache unit of the central processor unit to execution units and the instruction fetch unit of the central processor unit. Some machine words are transmitted directly from the collector unit to selected units and others are transmitted after being stored in the data register of the distributor. Machine words stored in the data register can be realigned if required by an instruction by character or word alignment switches. The aligned words are then stored in the data register means prior to their being transmitted to units of the central processor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 19, 1988
    Date of Patent: August 15, 1989
    Assignee: Honeywell Bull Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Wilhite, William A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 4602368
    Abstract: An associative memory used to translate a virtual page number (VPN) of a virtual word address to a physical page number (PPN) of a physical word address of a random access memory of a digital computer system is provided with a pair of independently addressable validity bit arrays, each of which arrays can store a validity bit in each of the addressable locations of each array. A pointer enables only one of the validity bit arrays to receive address signals corresponding to the lower virtual page number (LVPN) of a VPN. The validity bit read out of the memory location corresponding to the LVPN of the enabled array is used in determining if the PPN read out of the corresponding memory location of the associative memory is valid. The bits of the disabled array, immediately after it is disabled, are all reset, or cleared.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 15, 1983
    Date of Patent: July 22, 1986
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph C. Circello, John E. Wilhite, William A. Shelly, Morgan S. Riley
  • Patent number: 4594659
    Abstract: Method and apparatus for prefetching instructions for a pipelined central processor unit for a general purpose digital data processing system. A table is maintained for purposes of predicting the target addresses of transfer and indirect instructions based on past history of the execution of those instructions. The prefetch mechanism forms instruction addresses and fetches instructions in parallel with the execution of previously fetched instructions by a central execution pipeline unit of the central processor unit. As instructions are prefetched, the transfer and indirect prediction (TIP) table is checked to determine the past history of those instructions. If no transfers or indirects are found, the prefetch proceeds sequentially. If transfer or indirect instructions are found, then the prefetch uses information in the TIP table to begin fetching the target instruction(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 10, 1986
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Russell W. Guenthner, William A. Shelly, Gary R. Presley-Nelson, Kala J. Marietta, R. Morse Wade
  • Patent number: 4521850
    Abstract: Apparatus and method for providing an improved instruction buffer associated with a cache memory unit. The instruction buffer is utilized to transmit to the control unit of the central processing unit a requested sequence of data groups. In the current invention, the instruction buffer can store two sequences of data groups. The instruction buffer can store the data group sequence for the procedure currently in execution by the data processing unit and can simultaneously store data groups to which transfer, either conditional or unconditional, has been identified in the sequence currently being executed. In addition, the instruction buffer provides signals for use by the central processing unit defining the status of the instruction buffer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 4, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Wilhite, William A. Shelly, Charles P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 4521851
    Abstract: A central processor for a general-purpose digital data processing system. The processor has a pair of caches, an operand cache for operands and an instruction cache for instructions, as well as a plurality of execution units, where each execution unit executes a different set of instructions of the instruction repertoire of the central processor. An instruction fetch unit fetches instructions from the instruction cache and stores them in an instruction stack. The central pipeline unit which has five stages obtains instructions of a given program in program order from the instruction stack of the instruction fetch unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: June 4, 1985
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Leonard G. Trubisky, William A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 4471432
    Abstract: A method and a central execution pipeline unit for initiating the execution of instructions of a synchronous central processor unit (CPU) of a general-purpose digital data processing system. Instructions containing address information and an instruction field are obtained in program order from an instruction fetch unit of the CPU. In a first stage, requiring one clock period, the address information of an instruction is utilized to form the carrys and sums of an effective address and to initiate the formation of a virtual address. Concurrently, the instruction field is decoded to produce memory command signals and data alignment signals. In a second stage, the formation of the effective and virtual addresses initiated in the first stage is completed, and the word address portion of the virtual address is transmitted to the cache unit of the CPU.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 1982
    Date of Patent: September 11, 1984
    Inventors: John E. Wilhite, William A. Shelly, Russell W. Guenthner, Leonard G. Trubisky, Joseph C. Circello
  • Patent number: 4371927
    Abstract: A data processing system includes a cache store to provide an interface with a main storage unit for a central processing unit. The central processing unit includes a microprogram control unit in addition to control circuits for establishing the sequencing of the processing unit during the execution of program instructions. Both the microprogram control unit and control circuits include means for generating pre-read commands to the cache store in conjunction with normal processing operations during the processing of certain types of instructions. In response to pre-read commands, the cache store, during predetermined points of the processing of each such instruction, fetches information which is required by such instruction at a later point in the processing thereof.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 1980
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1983
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: John E. Wilhite, William A. Shelly, Charles P. Ryan
  • Patent number: 4245304
    Abstract: A cache system includes a high speed storage unit organized into a plurality of levels, each including a number of multiword blocks and at least one multiposition address selection switch and address register. The address switch is connected to receive address signals from a plurality of address sources. The system further includes a directory organized into a plurality of levels for storing address information required for accessing blocks from the cache storage unit and timing circuits for defining first and second halves of a cache cycle of operation. Control circuits coupled to the timing circuits generate control signals for controlling the operation of the address selection switch. During the previous cycle, the control circuits condition the address selector switch to select an address which is loaded into the address register during the previous half cycle. This enables either the accessing of instructions from cache or the writing of data into cache during the first half of the next cache cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: January 13, 1981
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Marion G. Porter, Robert W. Norman, Jr., William A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 4217640
    Abstract: A data processing system comprises a data processing unit coupled to a cache unit which couples to a main store. The cache unit includes a cache store organized into a plurality of levels, each for storing a number of blocks of information in the form of data and instructions. Directories associated with the cache store contain addresses and level control information for indicating which blocks of information reside in the cache store. The cache unit further includes control apparatus and a transit block buffer comprising a number of sections each having a plurality of locations for storing read commands and transit block addresses associated therewith. A corresponding number of valid bit storage elements are included, each of which is set to a binary ONE state when a read command and the associated transit block address are loaded into a corresponding one of the buffer locations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: August 12, 1980
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Marion G. Porter, Charles P. Ryan, William A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 4208716
    Abstract: A cache system includes a storage unit organized into a plurality of levels, each including a number of multiword blocks and a corresponding number of address selection switches and address registers. Each address selection switch has a plurality of different positions connected to receive address signals from a plurality of address sources. A decoder circuit generates output signals for controlling the operation of the address selection switches. In response to previously defined level signals, the decoder circuit conditions a specified one of the number of switches to switch from a first position to a second position. An address specifying the location into which memory data is to be written is clocked into one address register while the address specifying the location from which an instruction is to be fetched is clocked into the remaining address registers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 11, 1978
    Date of Patent: June 17, 1980
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems Inc.
    Inventors: Marion G. Porter, William A. Shelly, Robert W. Norman, Jr.
  • Patent number: 4006466
    Abstract: An input/output data processing system includes a plurality of active modules, a plurality of passive modules and at least one memory module and a system interface unit having a plurality of ports, each of which connect to a different one of the modules. Each module connects to one of the ports by a plurality of different interfaces. The active modules include an input/output processing unit for processing interrupts and executing command sequences and a multiplexer unit for directly controlling transfers between the memory module and any one of the peripheral devices coupled to different ones of a plurality of ports of the multiplexer unit. Different ones of the modules of the system include the programmable interface used for transferring command information to the multiplexer unit and to the devices associated therewith for enabling a different type of control to proceed in parallel with input/output data transfer operations.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: February 1, 1977
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Garvin Wesley Patterson, William A. Shelly, Jaime Calle, Earnest M. Monahan
  • Patent number: 4000487
    Abstract: An input/output processing system includes a plurality of active modules, a plurality of passive modules, at least one memory module and a system interface unit having a plurality of ports, each of which connect to a different one of the modules. The active modules include an input/output processing unit which processes interrupts and executes command sequences and a multiplexer unit which directly controls transfers between the memory module and any one of the peripheral devices coupled to different ones of a plurality of ports of the multiplexer unit. The system interface unit which operatively provides connections between the different modules includes apparatus for generating steering codes defining the physical location of each module requiring service by another module of the system. The system interface unit appends information provided by the particular module generating a requesting request for attention to the steering code generated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: December 28, 1976
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Garvin Wesley Patterson, William A. Shelly, Earnest M. Monahan
  • Patent number: 3990051
    Abstract: In an input/output data processing system employing local and remote memory and paged data storage, memory steering is included in the address development, thus eliminating the need for special memory configuration logic. Words used in constructing absolute memory addresses for data fetches include address portions referencing local/remote memory, specific memory, and/or lack of memory residence for effecting a system fault procedure.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: November 2, 1976
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventor: William A. Shelly
  • Patent number: 3976977
    Abstract: An input-output processing system (IOPS) which performs both the communication and control functions in a large scale data processing system is disclosed. By relieving the main data processor of these functions more efficient use of the entire system is made possible. The IOPS includes a processor to develop addresses for a paged memory and institute execution of input-output command sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 26, 1975
    Date of Patent: August 24, 1976
    Assignee: Honeywell Information Systems, Inc.
    Inventors: Marion G. Porter, Garvin Wesley Patterson, William A. Shelly, Nicolas S. Lemak