Patents by Inventor William F. Micka

William F. Micka 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: 5379398
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for permitting high concurrency of access during backup copying of designated data stored within a storage subsystem which includes multiple storage devices coupled to the data processing system via a storage subsystem control unit having subsystem memory therein. Data within each storage device is accessed utilizing a Unique Control Block (UCB), which identifies a selected storage device, and an associated data retrieval command sequence which identifies the data to be accessed. Portions of the data copied to subsystem memory within the subsystem storage control unit as sidefiles from a first storage device may be accessed utilizing a Unique Control Block (UCB) associated with an alternate storage device by associating a selected data retrieval command sequence therewith which identifies the data as stored within the subsystem memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: January 3, 1995
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Oded Cohn, Michael H. Hartung, John N. McCauley, Jr., William F. Micka, Claus W. Mikkelsen, Kenneth M. Nagin, Yoram Novick, Alexander Winokur
  • Patent number: 5375232
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for transferring a backup copy of designated datasets stored in a plurality of storage subsystems to a host system via a data channel during concurrent execution of an application. Upon receiving a request for a backup copy, execution of an application is temporarily suspended. A dataset logical-to-physical storage system address concordance for the designated datasets is formed and execution of the application is resumed thereafter. Any application initiated updates to affected portions of the designated datasets which occur prior to generation of a backup copy of the affected portions of the datasets are processed by buffering the updates, copying the affected portions to storage subsystem memory, updating the address concordance and writing the updates to the affected portions of the dataset.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 23, 1992
    Date of Patent: December 20, 1994
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Vernon J. Legvold, William F. Micka, Kenneth M. Nagin, Yoram Novick, Pnina A. Vortman, Elfraim Zeidner
  • Patent number: 5241668
    Abstract: A method in a data processing system for automatically terminating or resuming backup copy sessions after an abnormal interrupt or reset notification occurrence during a backup copy process. A status indication is entered into activity tables associated with a plurality of storage subsystems and devices within a data processing system in response to initiation of a backup copy session. Status indications are then entered upon successful completion of a backup copy session within the data processing system. The indications within the activity tables are reviewed to determine the status of a backup copy session upon restarting a resource manager, abnormal termination of a backup copy program, or an operating system initial program load. If a backup copy session has been initiated but not completed, the backup copy session is then terminated. The indications within the activity tables are also reviewed to determine the status of a backup copy session if a reset notification is raised by a storage subsystem.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Lawrence E. Eastridge, Robert F. Kern, William F. Micka, Claus W. Mikkelsen, James M. Ratliff
  • Patent number: 5241669
    Abstract: A method and system are disclosed for enhanced efficiency of backup copying of designated datasets stored within a plurality of storage devices coupled to the data processing system via a storage subsystem control unit having subsystem memory therein. Application execution within the data processing system is temporarily suspended long enough to form a dataset logical-to-physical system address concordance to be utilized to administer copying of the designated dataset. Thereafter, application initiated updates to uncopied portions of the designated datasets are temporarily deferred until sidefiles of the affected portions of the designated datasets are written to subsystem memory. The updates are then written to the storage subsystem. Portions of the designated datasets are then accessed and copied from the storage subsystem on a scheduled or opportunistic basis utilizing selected data retrieval command sequences.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 1992
    Date of Patent: August 31, 1993
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Oded Cohn, Michael H. Hartung, William F. Micka, John N. McCauley, Jr., Claus W. Mikkelsen, Kenneth M. Nagin
  • Patent number: 5167034
    Abstract: A plurality of parallel compression/decompression units can be tied together to sequentially process equal amounts or sets of data from a stream of data. Hardware in the upper level of each device acts as a demultiplexer to control the acceptance of only its set of data to transfer control to permit the next device to accept data and also stores its set for compaction. Essentially identical hardware in the lower half of each device acts as a multiplexer to control the acceptance of its compacted set of data to store the compacted set and to place the compacted set into the original sequence of the stream of data for storage on the tape media. A data integrity system provides a Cyclic Redundancy Check on the data before and after each section of the process. The compacted data is decompacted immediately after compaction as a read back check to verify that the compacted data can be reconstructed when retrieved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 1990
    Date of Patent: November 24, 1992
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Neil H. MacLean, Jr., William F. Micka, Robert W. Miller, Mayank R. Patel
  • Patent number: 4817186
    Abstract: A field of scanned video pels is first broken up into cells representing small portions of characters to be recognized, according to a first set of logics. A second set of logics then recombines the cells into blocks containing individual characters separated from their neighbors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 12, 1987
    Date of Patent: March 28, 1989
    Assignees: International Business Machines Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Michael A. Goolsbey, Eugene R. Jones, William F. Micka, Thomas S. Robinson