Peripheral Configuration Patents (Class 710/8)
  • Patent number: 10091827
    Abstract: A method of supporting wireless connection of an electronic apparatus includes searching an image forming apparatus that is not connected to a wireless network, when the image forming apparatus is searched, releasing a link with an Access Point (AP) and forming a link with the searched image forming apparatus, and transmitting pre-stored AP information to the image forming apparatus such that the image forming apparatus forms a link with the AP.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: October 2, 2018
    Assignee: S-PRINTING SOLUTION CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Sang-min Lee
  • Patent number: 10083141
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a method for accessing an endpoint device in a computer system and a computer system. According to the present invention, an endpoint proxy device establishes a correspondence between a first address, of an endpoint device, in the computing subsystem and a second address, of the endpoint device, in the management subsystem, and when receiving a first access request sent by a management controller to the endpoint device, generates, according to the correspondence, a second access request that carries the first address, of the endpoint device, in the computing subsystem, and sends the second access request to the endpoint device. Therefore, an endpoint device access request of the management controller is sent to the endpoint device, an operation does not need to depend on an operating system, and maintainability in managing the endpoint device is improved.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: September 25, 2018
    Assignee: HUAWEI TECHNOLOGIES CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Dexian Su
  • Patent number: 10075398
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, an information handling system comprising may include a host system processor and a management controller communicatively coupled to the host system processor and configured to provide management of the information handling system via management traffic communicated between the management controller and a network external to the information handling system. The management controller may be further configured to couple to the external network via a first network interface integral to the management controller, emulate a second network interface to an operating system executing on the host system processor, and bridge the first network interface and the second network interface such that host system traffic may be communicated between the host system processor and the external network via the management controller.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 11, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Lee E. Ballard, Elie Antoun Jreij, Balasubramanian Nagaiah, Shyamkumar T. Iyer
  • Patent number: 10067751
    Abstract: A method of diagnosing and/or updating software, associated with a processor within a first electronic device equipped with an HDMI type connector, includes: linking, using a suitable cable, a third-party electronic device, configured to perform a diagnosing or updating operation, or both, of the embedded software, with a first pin and a second pin of the HDMI connector; carrying out an operation of switching the first electronic device, by toggling the first electronic device from a first mode to a second mode in which the HDMI connector is configured, via the first pin and the second pin, to exchange information to and from the processor, carrying out, via the suitable cable, exchanges of information between the first electronic device and the third-party electronic device, so as to carry out the operation of diagnosing and/or updating of the embedded software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 5, 2010
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: SAGEMCOM BROADBAND SAS
    Inventor: Olivier Repellin
  • Patent number: 10069634
    Abstract: Apparatuses and methods for certificate generation, certificate revocation and certificate verification are provided. The certificate generation and revocation apparatus includes: a key set computation unit receiving a secret value and a hash function set and generating a key set of an entity; a hash function unit generating the hash function set; a certificate generation unit generating certificates corresponding to the public/private key pairs and the key set; a certificate revocation unit acquiring derived secret key corresponding to a revoked certificate set and updating a certificate revocation list; and a certificate revocation list broadcast unit broadcasting the certificate revocation list; wherein the secret value corresponds to a root of a key tree, wherein the key set is generated by leaves of the key tree, wherein each node of the key tree is generated by a randomly selected hash function.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 17, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: Industrial Technology Research Institute
    Inventors: Huei-Ru Tseng, Pei-Chuan Tsai
  • Patent number: 10067704
    Abstract: A method for optimizing storage configuration for future demand and a system applying the method are disclosed. The system includes a monitoring module, a storage recording module, a traffic modeling module, a rule-based decision module, and a storage management module. With performance values and utilization values provided from the monitoring module, a traffic status of data access in a particular time in the future can be generated. Then, a storage configuration with the workload requirement according to some rules can be available. The storage configuration is implemented to fulfill the requirement of the traffic status of data access.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 1, 2014
    Date of Patent: September 4, 2018
    Assignee: ProphetStor Data Services, Inc.
    Inventors: Ming Jen Huang, Chun Fang Huang, Tsung Ming Shih, Wen Shyen Chen
  • Patent number: 10061730
    Abstract: A method to provide transfer of data without the use of a network from an application program to an embedded device. A routing service establishes a communication channel without the use of a local area network. The routing service then manages the control of this communication channel for the transfer of data and closes the channel in an appropriate period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 5, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 28, 2018
    Assignee: Intel Corporation
    Inventor: Avigdor Eldar
  • Patent number: 10050575
    Abstract: A system includes an above-surface control unit and a subsea motor drive unit. The above-surface control unit includes a variable speed motor control circuit configured to generate at least one switch control signal and a first communications circuit configured to transmit the at least one switch control signal over a communications medium. The subsea motor drive unit includes a driver circuit configured to be coupled to an electric motor and comprising at least one semiconductor switch and a second communications circuit coupled to the first communications circuit via the communications medium and configured to recover the transmitted at least one switch control signal and to apply the recovered at least one switch control signal to the driver circuit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2014
    Date of Patent: August 14, 2018
    Assignees: Eaton Intelligent Power Limited, One Subsea IP UK Limited
    Inventors: Geraldo Nojima, Audun Magne Askeland
  • Patent number: 10042796
    Abstract: An audio system comprises a master device; a slave device; and a wired connection, suitable for connecting the master device and the slave device, and having at least two wires.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: Cirrus Logic, Inc.
    Inventor: Willem Zwart
  • Patent number: 10044714
    Abstract: In an approach to device authentication, one or more processors receive a security policy comprising at least a first media access control (“mac”) address and a corresponding time period for determining network access for a device. One or more processors receive a second mac address and a corresponding time of connection of the second mac address for authentication of the device. One or more processors determine the second mac address is the first mac address and, responsive to determining the second mac address is the first mac address, one or more processors determine to grant network access to the device based on whether the time of connection of the second mac address is within the time period.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2018
    Date of Patent: August 7, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Seng C. Gan, Gregg M. Talewsky
  • Patent number: 10038459
    Abstract: A network control device includes a communicator performing communications via a transmission line at a preset transmission speed in a wake-up mode, a low frequency attenuator attenuating a low frequency component in a transmission signal having a low transmission speed that is lower than the preset transmission speed at a position between the transmission line and the communicator to receive and transmit the transmission signal to and from the communicator, and a wake-up controller receiving and transmitting a wake-up signal for transitioning from a sleep mode to the wake-up mode, at a transmission line side position of the low frequency attenuator, where the wake-up signal at a low frequency band is subject to attenuation by the low frequency attenuator, for a selective wake-up of a network node via the transmission line for network communications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 14, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 31, 2018
    Assignees: NIPPON SOKEN, INC., DENSO CORPORATION
    Inventors: Hiroyuki Mori, Youhei Sekiya, Yoshifumi Kaku, Shogo Akasaki
  • Patent number: 10020624
    Abstract: A multimedia faceplate includes a frame having a front face and a rear face and at least one connector mounting aperture therein, a non-Ethernet connector mounted in the connector mounting aperture, an Ethernet conversion unit that is electrically connected to the non-Ethernet connector and a plurality of wire connection contacts that are electrically connected to the Ethernet conversion unit. The Ethernet conversion unit is configured to draw an electrical power signal from either an AC to DC power conversion unit or from a Power-over-Ethernet power signal received from an Ethernet cable that is connected to the wire connection contacts.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 17, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: CommScope, Inc. of North Carolina
    Inventor: Benji Boban
  • Patent number: 10019426
    Abstract: An annotation retrieval module may be configured to retrieve annotations added to sample data, the annotations having been added according to an annotation rule. An analysis tool may be configured to create a logical schema and a configuration file from the retrieved annotations, according to the annotation rule. The logic schema may represent a tree structure containing one or more data elements corresponding to the sample data, and the configuration file may define one or more operations for adding DFDL annotations into the logic schema. A DFDL schema generator may be configured to generate a DFDL schema for the sample data according to the logic schema and the configuration file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: July 10, 2018
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Tian Tian Gao, Fu Wei Huang, Xiao Dong Zhai, Pu Zhu
  • Patent number: 10015130
    Abstract: A method and device for providing communication between peripheral devices over a social network platform includes registering a first peripheral device and a second peripheral device coupled to a first user device as respective social network contacts of a user account associated with the first user device; enabling communication between the first peripheral device and the second peripheral device via a social networking client application executing at the first user device; and in a group chat interface of the social networking client application, presenting a group conversation between a user of the user account and the respective social network contacts representing the first and the second peripheral devices, wherein the group conversation includes one or more instant messages corresponding to content of the communication between the first peripheral device and the second peripheral device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Danqing Sun
  • Patent number: 10015129
    Abstract: A method and device for providing access to one or more peripheral devices over a social networking platform includes registering a first peripheral device coupled to a first user device as a respective social network contact of a user account associated with the first user device; and providing user access to the first peripheral device via a social networking client application executing at the first user device, wherein the social networking client application recognizes the first peripheral device as the respective social network contact of the user account associated with the first user device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: July 3, 2018
    Assignee: TENCENT TECHNOLOGY (SHENZHEN) COMPANY LIMITED
    Inventor: Danqing Sun
  • Patent number: 10007638
    Abstract: An information handling system and method provide for receiving, at an information storage device, a specification of reporting criteria for a plurality of information storage device parameters, receiving a specification of logical relationships for the reporting criteria, monitoring information storage device parameter values for the information storage device parameters, comparing the information storage device parameter values to the reporting criteria to obtain indications of whether the reporting criteria have been satisfied, applying the logical relationships to the indications, and, in response to the logical relationships applied to the indications yielding a first result, transmitting an alert notification including information storage device parameter values in the form of a single contiguous message for which a corresponding command to send the single contiguous message has not been received by the information storage device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 10, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 26, 2018
    Assignee: DELL PRODUCTS, LP
    Inventors: Chandrashekar Nelogal, David M. Pereira, Gary E. Billingsley
  • Patent number: 9996492
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method and a coupling device for dynamically allocating USB endpoints of a USB interface, which can be accessed using at least two applications, comprising: a USB interface that has at least two ports, each of which comprises at least one USB endpoint; and a control device for dynamically allocating the USB endpoints. The control device is designed so as to preconfigure each USB endpoint which is required for the at least two applications by means of an initialization process, and thus the control device can switch the allocation of the endpoints according to the access using at least one of the applications without the USB endpoints affected by the switch having to be deactivated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Unify GmbH & Co. KG
    Inventors: Elmar Albert, Andras Selmeczi
  • Patent number: 9983862
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, an information handling system may include a processor and an operating system embodied in a non-transitory computer-readable medium communicatively coupled to the processor. The operating system may be configured to, when read and executed by the processor: read a base uniform resource locator (URL) associated with a vendor of a device communicatively coupled to the processor; append information to the base URL to generate a full download URL for an operating system driver associated with the device; and download the operating system driver from a file location defined by the full download URL.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 16, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 29, 2018
    Assignee: Dell Products L.P.
    Inventors: Ananya Jana, Alluri Srinivas, Pandiyan Varadharajan
  • Patent number: 9975043
    Abstract: A system that incorporates the subject disclosure may include, for example, a method that includes identifying a plurality of devices associated with a computing device, identifying status information from each device of the plurality of devices, and identifying presentation features for each device of the plurality of devices. The method further includes receiving presentation information indicating a setting to present first status information from a first device of the plurality of devices via a selected device of the plurality of devices, wherein the first status is presented on the selected device by a selected presentation feature of the selected device. Additional embodiments are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2017
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2018
    Assignee: STEELSERIES ApS
    Inventors: Jeffrey Nicholas Mahlmeister, Dave Astels, Andrew Olcott
  • Patent number: 9959446
    Abstract: For appending a user identifier to an image, code records a user identity input from an input device in response to a principle camera recording a principle image. In addition, the code generates a user identifier from the user identity input. The code further appends the user identifier to the principle image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 24, 2015
    Date of Patent: May 1, 2018
    Assignee: Lenovo (Singapore) PTE. LTD.
    Inventors: Spencer Michael Guy, Jason Grimme, Kyle Jared McDaniel, Russell Speight VanBlon
  • Patent number: 9952769
    Abstract: Operations of a variety of components of a storage system stack are redefined to make the system more efficient when the underlying media has a “multi-log” type interface such as the case with NAND flash SSD memory or shingled magnetic recording media. The responsibilities of components of the storage system stack are modified such that each responsibility is performed at the most efficient component (level of abstraction) of the storage stack.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 28, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 24, 2018
    Assignee: MICROSOFT TECHNOLOGY LICENSING, LLC.
    Inventors: Anirudh Badam, Bikash Sharma, Laura Marie Caulfield, Badriddine Khessib, Suman Kumar Nath, Jian Huang
  • Patent number: 9946599
    Abstract: Systems and methods described herein provide a method for enhanced data access to a hard disk drive with caching. The method includes obtaining data for storage from a data source. The method further includes applying at least one of a track error-correcting code scheme, a redundant array of independent disks (RAID) encoder, streaming inter-track interference cancellation and a lower power read-data channel to the obtained data. The method further includes configuring a caching system to store a frequently accessed portion of the encoded data, and receiving, from a host computer, a data access request. The method further includes retrieving a data file from the caching system to the host computer in response to the data access request.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 22, 2016
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: Marvell International Ltd.
    Inventor: Gregory Burd
  • Patent number: 9946866
    Abstract: Unattended secure device authorization techniques are provided. An operating system (OS) module, which is responsible for device validation when that device is interfaced to a host device, is enhanced. The enhanced OS module silently checks the peripheral device's identifier against a white list and if a match occurs, the enhanced OS module grants permission to the host device applications; if no match occurs, the enhanced OS module silently rejects application access to the device. In an embodiment, the enhanced OS module interacts with the device to determine whether the device is to be authorized or rejected.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 17, 2018
    Assignee: NCR Corporation
    Inventors: Richard Han, Andrew J. Wurfel
  • Patent number: 9910660
    Abstract: Embodiments are disclosed for a method of replacing an original operating system with a new operating system. In one example embodiment, a method to selectively replace a first in-vehicle operating system includes receiving a temporary update including a second in-vehicle operating system for storage in a memory location of the first in-vehicle operating system and receiving a request to update the first in-vehicle operating system based on the temporary update. The method may further include triggering a reboot of the first in-vehicle operating system including installing the second in-vehicle operating system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 6, 2018
    Assignee: Harman International Industries, Incorporated
    Inventors: Stephen Muench-Casanova, Paul Beets, Brian Bolinger, Alexander Klochko, Steven Edward Montealegre
  • Patent number: 9880597
    Abstract: The invention discloses a method and terminal device for continuously supplying power to external element. The method comprises the following steps: when a terminal device switches from a first operating system to a second operating system, a proxy external element application is generated in the second operating system so that the proxy external element application is associated with an external element; by means of this proxy external element application, the external element which is associated with the application in the first operating system before the above switch operation is continuously supplied with power after the above switch operation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 30, 2018
    Assignee: China UnionPay Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Hongfeng Chai, Zhijun Lu, Shuo He, Yu Zhou, Wei Guo, Xiangxiang Yan
  • Patent number: 9875125
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for performing input/output (I/O) requests to two or more physical adapters in parallel. One method for performing an input/output (I/O) request includes mapping an address for at least a first page associated with a virtual I/O request to an entry in a virtual TCE table and identifying a plurality of physical adapters required to service the virtual I/O request. For each of the identified physical adapters, the entry in the virtual TCE table is mapped to an entry in a physical TCE table corresponding to the physical adapter. This method may also include, in parallel, issuing physical I/O requests to the physical adapters.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2018
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Andrew T. Koch, Kyle A. Lucke, Nicholas J. Rogness, Steven E. Royer
  • Patent number: 9864605
    Abstract: An integrated circuit (IC) that includes a processor circuit can be booted by receiving, using a storage interface circuit of the IC, a first boot image from a nonvolatile memory chip. The first boot image is executed on a processor circuit of the IC to configure a bus interface module that is designed to communicate with a host device over a communication bus that links multiple devices and the IC. Using the bus interface module, a second boot image is received from the memory of the host device to a memory of the IC. The IC is booted by executing the second boot image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 3, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: XILINX, INC.
    Inventors: Mrinal J. Sarmah, Bokka Abhiram Sai Krishna, Anil Kumar A V
  • Patent number: 9866616
    Abstract: The present invention provides for network control of a radio module having a plurality of input/output (I/O) ports capable of communication with one or more sensing devices across a network, where the radio module may be controlled remotely to obtain information from one or more networked remote sensing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 9, 2015
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2018
    Assignee: Aeris Communications, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Garner, Yixiang Chen
  • Patent number: 9857963
    Abstract: A method of generating interaction activity information, performed by a device, is provided. The method includes establishing communication with at least one external apparatus; receiving first information about a user selectable function of the external apparatus; and generating second information, based on the first information, about a user selectable function of the device, wherein the user selectable function of the device corresponds to the user selectable function of the external device and can be performed in collaboration with the external device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: January 2, 2018
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd
    Inventors: Seung dong Yu, Woo-yong Chang, Se-jun Park, Min-jeong Moon
  • Patent number: 9821517
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to an operating system configured to enable arbitrary applications to output 3D models to be physically formed by arbitrary 3D manufacturing devices. The operating system manages the 3D manufacturing devices, including installation of related software, device drivers, device properties, and so forth. The operating system also provides a path through which the arbitrary applications pass arbitrary print jobs (or documents) of 3D models, in a standard format, to the 3D manufacturing devices. The operating system handles queuing and spooling on behalf of the applications and the 3D manufacturing devices. Drivers of the 3D manufacturing devices may translate the 3D models outputted by the applications (in the standard format) to instructions or device language content that is specific to the respective 3D manufacturing devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Jesse McGatha, Michael Fenelon, Kristofer Iverson, Yulin Jin, Hristo Ivanov, Erik Peterson, Feng Yue
  • Patent number: 9792062
    Abstract: Technologies are generally described for systems, devices and methods effective to accelerate memory access. A memory unit, including a memory and a programmable circuit, may be in communication with a processor executing a virtual machine. The memory unit may receive from the processor, a request to configure the programmable circuit in accordance with a program. The program may be associated with the virtual machine. The programmable circuit may be configured in accordance with the program. The programmable circuit may then be operated to perform one or more operations on data in the memory.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2013
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: EMPIRE TECHNOLOGY DEVELOPMENT LLC
    Inventor: Ezekiel Kruglick
  • Patent number: 9792134
    Abstract: The disclosed embodiments provide a system that operates a computer system. During operation, the system detects a first change in a setting associated with a first computing environment executing on the computer system, wherein the first change is associated with at least one of an input/output (I/O) device setting, a regional setting, a network setting, a power setting, and a display setting. Next, the system propagates the first change to one or more other computing environments executing on the computer system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 17, 2017
    Assignee: Open Invention Network, LLC
    Inventors: John Whaley, Thomas Joseph Purtell, II, Geoffrey G. Thomas
  • Patent number: 9779244
    Abstract: A method including initializing the processing platform, wherein initializing the processing platform includes performing a power on self-test (POST) configured to determine an operational state of one or more hardware sub-components of the processing platform, the POST further configured to determine an error detection state of one or more monitoring functions of the processing platform, initializing a safety monitoring function of the processing platform, analyzing one or more results of the POST utilizing the safety monitoring function of the processing platform in order to determine compliance of the processing platform with operational requirements, configuring the safety monitoring function of the processing platform utilizing one or more sets of safety monitoring configuration data, initializing and configuring a security monitoring function of the processing platform, and initializing and configuring one or more security functions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: October 3, 2017
    Assignee: Rockwell Collins, Inc.
    Inventors: Brandon L. Tomlinson, Kevin R. Priest, Branden H. Sletteland, Michael J. Frerking, Cheryl L. Killham, Brian S. Cain, Jeffrey B. McNamara, Greg L. Shelton
  • Patent number: 9753861
    Abstract: Embodiments of the disclosure enable exit-less movement of guest memory assigned to a device in a virtualized environment. An example method comprises detecting, by a processing device of a host computer system, an event triggering a move/copy of a memory page residing at a first memory location that is mapped to a virtual address space of a virtual machine being hosted by the host computer system. Thereafter, the first memory location is un-mapped from the virtual address space of the virtual machine. Responsive to determining that a DMA write indicator associated with a hardware device assigned to the virtual machine indicates that a DMA write operation is not in progress, the memory page is moved from the first memory location to a second memory location. Then, the second memory location is mapped into the virtual address space of the virtual machine for use by an input/output memory management unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 27, 2015
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2017
    Assignee: Red Hat Israel, Ltd
    Inventors: Michael Tsirkin, Andrea Arcangeli
  • Patent number: 9736325
    Abstract: An image recording apparatus, including a body including a path to convey a sheet from a feeder tray to an ejection tray; a conveyer unit to convey the sheet; a recording unit to record an image on the sheet; and a controller to control the conveyer unit and the recording unit, is provided. The controller is configured to execute a ejection request accepting process, in which the controller accepts a request for executing a sheet ejection job being a single job to eject the sheet without causing a recording action in the recording unit; and a sheet ejecting process, in which, after accepting the request for executing the sheet ejection job, the controller controls the conveyer unit to convey the sheet from the feeder tray to the ejection tray without causing the recording action in the recording unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 31, 2016
    Date of Patent: August 15, 2017
    Assignee: BROTHER KOGYO KABUSHIKI KAISHA
    Inventor: Yuki Matsui
  • Patent number: 9715435
    Abstract: One or more techniques and/or systems are provided for interconnect failover between a primary storage controller and a secondary storage controller. The secondary storage controller may be configured as a backup or failover storage controller for the primary storage controller in the event the primary storage controller fails. Data and/or metadata describing the data (e.g., data and/or metadata stored within a write cache) may be mirrored from the primary storage controller to the secondary storage controller over one or more interconnect paths. Responsive to identifying a failover trigger for a failed interconnect path, the secondary storage controller is instructed to fence (e.g., block) I/O operations from the failed interconnect path. Streams of data and/or metadata that were affected by the failure may be instructed to transmit such data and/or metadata over one or more non-failed interconnect paths to the secondary storage controller during failover of the failed interconnect path.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 26, 2016
    Date of Patent: July 25, 2017
    Assignee: NetApp Inc.
    Inventors: Vaiapuri Ramasubramaniam, Rishabh Mittal, Amarnath Jolad, Hrishikesh Keremane, Harihara Kadayam
  • Patent number: 9690625
    Abstract: A system and method for managing the dynamic sharing of processor resources between threads in a multi-threaded processor are disclosed. Out-of-order allocation and deallocation may be employed to efficiently use the various resources of the processor. Each element of an allocate vector may indicate whether a corresponding resource is available for allocation. A search of the allocate vector may be performed to identify resources available for allocation. Upon allocation of a resource, a thread identifier associated with the thread to which the resource is allocated may be associated with the allocate vector entry corresponding to the allocated resource. Multiple instances of a particular resource type may be allocated or deallocated in a single processor execution cycle. Each element of a deallocate vector may indicate whether a corresponding resource is ready for deallocation. Examples of resources that may be dynamically shared between threads are reorder buffers, load buffers and store buffers.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 16, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 27, 2017
    Assignee: Oracle America, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert T. Golla
  • Patent number: 9684610
    Abstract: Platform neutral device protocol techniques are described in which functionality to customize device interactions through communication busses is made accessible through platform independent script-based infrastructure. Functionality provided by an operating system to manipulate standard protocols of a communication bus used to interact with a connected device is exposed as script-based objects. Script-based protocol definition files associated with connected device may be employed to customize device protocols for the communications using the functionality exposed through the script-based objects. A computing device may acquire a protocol definition file for a particular device in various ways and host the protocol definition file via a suitable run-time platform. Requests for interaction with the particular device may then be handled using the custom protocols defined by the hosted protocol definition file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 20, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Michael P. Fenelon, Frank Gorgenyi, Justin A. Hutchings, Guillermo Eduardo Guillen, Herman Richard Forrest, III, J. Adrian Lannin
  • Patent number: 9626183
    Abstract: A system provides support for a device interrogation framework. The system may include an electronic device and an application server. The electronic device may perform a device interrogation to identify one or more device characteristics, and adaptively disable one or more application functions of a software application according to the device characteristics. For example, the electronic device may send the device characteristics to the application server, and the application server may apply a set of feature support criteria to determine particular application functions to enable or disable on the electronic device. The application server may send a compatibility determination to the electronic device specifying which application functions of the software application to disable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: United Services Automobile Association (USAA)
    Inventors: Eric Smith, Andrew Jamison
  • Patent number: 9626323
    Abstract: A keyboard-video-mouse (KVM) switch and an operating method thereof are disclosed. The KVM switch is coupled between at least one peripheral device and controlled computers. The method includes steps of: determining whether the hot-key mode of KVM switch is started; if yes, when the KVM switch receives a first signal from a specific controlled computer of the controlled computers, directly passing the first signal to a corresponding specific peripheral device of the at least one peripheral device; when the KVM switch receives a second signal in response from the specific peripheral device within a predetermined period of time, determining whether the second signal includes a specific data; if yes, replacing the specific data in the second signal with an irrelevant data to form a third signal and transmitting the third signal to the specific controlled computer. The irrelevant data corresponds to the specific controlled computer and has no effect on the specific controlled computer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 14, 2015
    Date of Patent: April 18, 2017
    Assignee: ATEN INTERNATIONAL CO., LTD.
    Inventors: Shih-Jung Huang, Yi-Jen Chen, Yung-Bin Lin
  • Patent number: 9606736
    Abstract: A storage system is proposed which comprises a data storage device including a number N of removable storage media for storing data, with N?2, and a number m of drives, with m?1, wherein each of the m drives is configured to drive one of the removable storage media mounted to the drive. The storage system includes a server being coupled to the data storage device and configured to serve requests from clients, and a controller which is configured to control the data storage device to adaptively unmount the removable storage media based on a monitoring information of the requests at the data storage device, states of the drives, and states of the removable storage media.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 6, 2015
    Date of Patent: March 28, 2017
    Assignee: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ilias Iliadis, Jens Jelitto, Yusik Kim, Slavisa Sarafijanovic, Vinodh Venkatesan
  • Patent number: 9594686
    Abstract: In one general aspect, a computer-readable storage medium can be configured to store instructions that when executed cause one or more processors to perform a process. The process can include establishing at least a portion of a communication link between a computing device and a storage system operating within a cloud environment. The process can include accessing a user interface including a listing of files representing a plurality of files where at least a first portion of the plurality of files are stored in a local memory of the computing device and a second portion of the plurality of files are stored in the storage system.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Joshua Woodward, Kazuhiro Inaba, Kenneth Brian Moore, Achuith Bhandarkar, Kokkuan Tan
  • Patent number: 9594532
    Abstract: An electronic apparatus is disclosed. An electronic apparatus may include a communications interface configured to retrieve accessible access points and receive information of neighbor access points of each of the plurality of image forming apparatuses; a selector configured to select an image forming apparatus that is nearest neighbor to the electronic apparatus among the plurality of image forming apparatuses by comparing each of the received information of a plurality of neighbor access points with the retrieved access points; a printer driver configured to generate printing data for a document; and a control configured to control the communications interface to transmit the generated printing data to the selected image forming apparatus.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 4, 2014
    Date of Patent: March 14, 2017
    Assignee: SAMSUNG ELECTRONICS CO., LTD.
    Inventor: Hye-soo Kim
  • Patent number: 9575924
    Abstract: Provided is a terminal for controlling an external device, not equipped with its own memory or controller, connected to the terminal. The portable terminal, when being connected to at least one external device, changes its setting with an extracted setting data matching the connected external device. Accordingly, the connected external device in a connection state to the portable terminal performs corresponding operations under control of the portable terminal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 22, 2011
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Do-Hyung Lee
  • Patent number: 9575972
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method for creating and reading a contiguous file in an extensible file system. During the creation of a file on the storage media, the file system format check the bitmap to determine if there are areas of free space on the media that would permit the storage of the file in a contiguous manner. By storing the file in a contiguous manner the file may later be read without resorting to the file allocation table, because the file itself would not be fragmented on the storage media. Once an area of free space has been identified, the file is written to the media in a contiguous manner. Further, an associated entry for the file in the directory entry is updated or created to indicate that the file is a contiguous file and also provides basic parameters necessary to read the file without resorting to accessing the file allocation table.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 6, 2013
    Date of Patent: February 21, 2017
    Assignee: Microsoft Technology Licensing, LLC
    Inventors: Ravisankar V. Pudipeddi, Vishal V. Ghotge, Ravinder S. Thind, David A. Goebel
  • Patent number: 9569197
    Abstract: Disclosed herein are mobile computing devices that employ compatible updated drivers. In one embodiment, the mobile computing device includes: (1) a processor, (2) a driver library configured to store original drivers and updated drivers for applications on the mobile computing device, and (3) a driver selector configured to determine at least one driver from the original drivers or the updated drivers to use for running one of the applications.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 4, 2015
    Date of Patent: February 14, 2017
    Assignee: Nvidia Corporation
    Inventors: Nicholas Haemel, Cathy Donovan, Narayanan Swaminathan
  • Patent number: 9558305
    Abstract: In an embodiment, a system may receive information regarding a group of physical devices; receive information regarding a set of functional blocks associated with a functional model; and receive mapping information that indicates a mapping between the set of functional blocks and one or more physical devices of the group of physical devices. The system may further generate at least one functional effect associated with the functional model. The generating may be based on: the set of functional blocks, the mapping information, and the information regarding the one or more physical devices. The system may also store or output the at least one functional effect.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: January 31, 2017
    Assignee: The MathWorks, Inc.
    Inventors: Katalin M. Popovici, Ramamurthy Mani, Hidayet Tunc Simsek, Zhihong Zhao, Rajiv Ghosh-Roy
  • Patent number: 9552312
    Abstract: A method, including receiving, by an extended virtual function shell positioned on a Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) configuration space, a virtual function call comprising a request to perform a specific computation, and identifying a physical function associated with the called virtual function, the physical function one of multiple physical functions positioned on the PCIe configuration space. One or more first data values are then retrieved from a virtual function instance stored in the memory, one or more first data values, the virtual function instance associated with the called virtual function, and one or more second data values are retrieved from the identified physical function. The specific computation is then performed using the first data values and the second data values, thereby calculating a result.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: January 24, 2017
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Avraham Ayzenfeld, Emmanuel Elder, Ilya Granovsky
  • Patent number: 9529740
    Abstract: A method and apparatus may be configured to create setup information, and perform the initialization and performance of an installation of a peripheral device of an electronic device. One example method may include storing a device identification (ID) of the peripheral device, extracting data and creating a data structure from existent setup information. The method may also include replacing a device ID in the data structure with the device ID of the peripheral device, and creating and storing a setup information file from content of the data structure. The method may also include creating and passing a request to at least one of a device driver of an interface of the peripheral device and a bus that initiates the installation of the peripheral device. The peripheral device may not be connected to the electronic device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 25, 2014
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: Open Invention Network LLC
    Inventor: Martin Wieland
  • Patent number: 9529548
    Abstract: Techniques for improved replication of storage arrays in data storage systems. For example, a method comprises the following steps. A first set of physical storage devices in a data storage system are identified for replication. Specification is received from a user of at least one storage pool in the data storage system in accordance with which the first set of physical storage devices is to be replicated. A second set of physical storage devices is allocated from the user-specified storage pool. Data stored on the first set of physical storage devices is replicated onto the second set of physical storage devices.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2013
    Date of Patent: December 27, 2016
    Assignee: EMC IP Holding Company LLC
    Inventors: Fearghal O'Maolcatha, Fergal Gunn, Benjamin David, Jody Hay