Plural Version Management Patents (Class 717/170)
  • Patent number: 8813068
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a Software replacement method, for replacing a first software package that comprises a command handling interface which is present at a computer system, by a second software package over a connection between an operator terminal and this command handling interface. At first the second software package is installed besides the first software package at the computer system. Subsequently, the second software package is activated. Then a contacting part of the second software package, after activation of this second software package, contacts the command handling interface. The command handling interface at contacting of the command handling Interface by the contacting part of the second software package, switches from the first software package towards the second software package and keeps open the connection between the operator terminal and the command handling interface.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2004
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Alcatel Lucent
    Inventor: Frank Lodewijk Denissen
  • Patent number: 8813062
    Abstract: A method for use in a communications node includes exposing at least one processing point in an execution flow of base software executing in the communications node. A logic component can be dynamically bound to the exposed processing point, where the logic component specifies actions to be performed by the communications node.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 12, 2008
    Date of Patent: August 19, 2014
    Assignee: Genband US LLC
    Inventors: Lejla Eminovic, Bryn Rahm, Elaine EE Lay Quah, Anthony Robert Jones
  • Patent number: 8806471
    Abstract: Embodiments relate to systems and methods for automatic upgrade and downgrade in package update operations. A physical or virtual client machine can host an installed software distribution including a set of installed software packages, such as an operating system, application, and/or other software. A package manager on the client can manage the set of installed packages, and report the installed distribution including version and component packages to one or more package servers. When a distribution upgrade is initiated, the package manager and/or other distribution logic can analyze the target distribution, to determine whether each package in the target distribution represents the most-current version of each component package. Packages which represent the most-current can be installed. Packages which do not represent the most-current version, e.g.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 28, 2010
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Kelby Vidal, James Antill
  • Patent number: 8806477
    Abstract: A space management tool can consolidate the duplicate files in the software packages while maintaining the file structure of the software packages. The space management tool can search the software packages to identify duplicate files and consolidate the duplicate files without altering the file structure of the software packages. In particular, the space management tool can consolidate the storage space utilized by the software packages by removing duplicate files in the software packages and replacing the removed files with a reference to the remaining file.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventor: Michael Paul DeHaan
  • Patent number: 8804168
    Abstract: The present invention provides a server which distributes firmware to an image forming apparatus, the server including a determination unit configured to determine whether the firmware distributed to the image forming apparatus is released now, and a transmission unit configured to, when the firmware determined by the determination unit not to be released now has not been applied to the image forming apparatus, transmit instruction information containing an instruction to prevent application of the firmware to the image forming apparatus, and when the firmware determined by the determination unit not to be released now has been applied to the image forming apparatus, transmit instruction information containing an instruction to obtain either of alternative firmware and downgrade firmware to the firmware and apply the obtained firmware.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 31, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Satoshi Nishikawa
  • Patent number: 8806476
    Abstract: A method for implementing a software installation process so as to install, modify or uninstall a software program. The software installation process has a plurality of sequential steps, and the method comprises recording, for each sequential step commenced, step metadata identifying the sequential step so that the step metadata is associated with the software program. The step metadata is recorded in recoverable storage.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 12, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Rohit Kapoor, Manqing Li, Glen Shortliffe
  • Publication number: 20140223160
    Abstract: A firmware upgrading method for an electronic device is provided. The electronic device includes a storage section which stores a firmware image and a controller which executes a boot loader of the electronic device to determine whether the firmware image is damaged, performs a restoration function for the firmware image if the firmware image is damaged, and executes an operating system (OS) to perform normal operations if the firmware image is not damaged.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 11, 2013
    Publication date: August 7, 2014
    Applicant: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd.
    Inventor: Byoung-chul KIM
  • Patent number: 8799890
    Abstract: An administrator system can generate a version identifier for a computing system based on the software packages installed on a computing system. The version identifier can represent the software packages installed on the computing system. The administrator system can identify the software packages installed on a computing system and data specific to the software packages. The administrator system can apply a hash function to the specific data to generate hashed data. Then, the administrator system can concentrate the hashed data to generate the version identifier.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Red Hat, Inc.
    Inventors: Seth Kelby Vidal, James Antill
  • Patent number: 8799887
    Abstract: An apparatus saves first and second programs stored in a storage unit as saved information before the first and the second programs are updated. If the update of the first program is finished and then an error occurs while the second program is being updated, the information processing apparatus restores the second program which is being updated to the program yet to be updated based on the saved information and also restores the first program whose update is finished to the program yet to be updated based on the saved information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 29, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Canon Kabushiki Kaisha
    Inventor: Takeshi Suwabe
  • Patent number: 8799888
    Abstract: Update preferences are specified that define factors for use in determining how and when updates to an application are to be deployed. The update preferences may include economic factors, temporal factors, operational factors, and other types of factors. The update preferences are utilized to create a deployment plan that specifies how and when the updates are to be applied to the application in view of the specified factors. The deployment plan is utilized to deploy the updates to the application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 20, 2011
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph E. Fitzgerald, Marvin M. Theimer, Eric J. Brandwine, Benjamin W. Mercier
  • Patent number: 8800042
    Abstract: Providing secure web application development and operation. In a web development environment, code developed for the web application is analyzed to identify vulnerabilities and remedial actions are identified. The remedial actions may be automatically invoked or a developer can be prompted to take particular actions to remediate the vulnerability.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 21, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 5, 2014
    Assignee: Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P.
    Inventors: Caleb Sima, Bryan Sullivan
  • Publication number: 20140215450
    Abstract: A system and a method for automatically electronically pushing software updates to one or more mobile computers to ensure that the one or more mobile computers can have the most recent version of the software needed, and electronically pushing information to be displayed on a display of the mobile computer to ensure that the one or more mobile computers notify a user of an existence of the information.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 30, 2014
    Publication date: July 31, 2014
    Applicant: TRANE INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Peter Reed SALISBURY, James Frederick JOHNSON
  • Patent number: 8793679
    Abstract: Compatibility and consolidation analyses can be performed on a collection of systems to evaluate the 1-to-1 compatibility of every source-target pair, evaluate the multi-dimensional compatibility of specific transfer sets, and to determine the best consolidation solution based on various constraints including the compatibility scores of the transfer sets. The analyses can be done together or be performed independently. These analyses are based on collected system data related to their technical configuration, business factors and workloads. Differential rule sets and workload compatibility algorithms are used to evaluate the compatibility of systems. The technical configuration, business and workload related compatibility results are combined to create an overall compatibility assessment. These results are visually represented using color coded scorecard maps.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 23, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Cirba Inc
    Inventors: Andrew D. Hillier, Tom Yuyitung
  • Patent number: 8793680
    Abstract: An apparatus updates firmware running on nodes in a wireless mesh network. The apparatus includes a code image DB for storing a code image running on each node in the mesh network and version of the code image. The apparatus further includes an update script generator for generating, if a code image running on a target node in the mesh network needs to be updated, a code update script with reference to the code images of the target node and its neighboring nodes stored in the code image DB, and performing update of the target node using the code update script.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 25, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2014
    Assignee: Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute
    Inventor: Jongsoo Jeong
  • Publication number: 20140208303
    Abstract: A package manager receives a request to install a version of an application on a host server, the version of the application having an associated database script provided by database scripts package. The package manager determines a currently installed schema in a management database associated with the host server and compares the database script associated with the application to the currently installed schema in the management database. Prior to installing the version of the application, the package manager verifies that the database script is installed and updated to match the database schema and performs the database upgrade if required.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: RED HAT ISRAEL, LTD.
    Inventors: Moti Asayag, Yair Zaslavsky
  • Publication number: 20140208302
    Abstract: In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a method may include querying, by an application program executing on a first information handling system, a second information handling system remotely coupled to the first information handling system for data comprising identities of versions or patches of an operating system certified by a provider of the operating system. The method may also include receiving the data in response to the query. The method may further include updating a support matrix associated with the application program based on the identities of certified versions or patches, the support matrix setting forth identities of versions or patches of the operating system supported by the application program.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 23, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: DELL PRODUCTS L.P.
    Inventors: Matthew Christian Paul, Trung Minh Tran, Muhammad Rahman
  • Publication number: 20140208304
    Abstract: Methods and systems are described for upgrading an access manager framework. In response to an upgrade request from a client, current and new versions of the access manager framework are identified. Upon successful identification of the current version, one or more supported upgrade paths are determined for the upgrade process. An appropriate upgrade path from the current version to the new version is determined upon successful identification of the current and/or new version of the access manager framework. In response to determination of the appropriate upgrade path, a version specific program upgrade component and a version specific upgrade program are associated with the determined upgrade path. In addition, a set of information may be extracted from the access manager framework, transformed, and imported to the upgraded access manager framework based at least in part upon the determined version specific upgrade program and the version specific program upgrade component.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2013
    Publication date: July 24, 2014
    Applicant: Oracle International Corporation
    Inventors: Ramya Kukkehali Subramanya, Madhu Martin
  • Patent number: 8789036
    Abstract: Systems, methods, and other embodiments associated with device software configuration are described. One example method is executed by a personal electronic device (PED) having a read only memory (ROM) configured with a boot loader, a BASE ROM partition, and a customization file store partition (CFSP). The method includes receiving a customization package and storing it in the CFSP. The method includes invoking a one-time installation process to customize PED software, settings, characteristics, and so on, based on the CFSP contents. The method includes invoking a boot-time installation process to configure a file system filter driver on the PED to control access to CFSP contents based, at least in part, on a file attribute associated with the CFSP content.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 7, 2008
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: QUALCOMM Incorporated
    Inventor: Kamaljeet Maini
  • Patent number: 8787906
    Abstract: A method for enabling connection of a mobile communication terminal to a radio communication network, comprising broadcasting through a geographic area information about available radio access networks available in the geographic area, the information being intended to be used by the mobile communication terminal for determining which radio access networks cover a current mobile communication terminal location within the geographic area. The information includes an identifier of at least one radio access network available in the geographic area, and, associated with the identifier of the at least one radio access network, data adapted to determine an extent of coverage of the geographic area by that radio access network.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2007
    Date of Patent: July 22, 2014
    Assignee: Telecom Italia S.p.A.
    Inventors: Enrico Buracchini, Alessandro Trogolo, Paolo Goria
  • Publication number: 20140201727
    Abstract: A method of determining the compatibility of a firmware version, includes downloading a candidate version of a firmware image for a particular product, updating incomplete firmware compatibility metadata by downloading additional firmware compatibility metadata for the particular product, and using the updated firmware compatibility metadata to determining whether the candidate version of the firmware image is compatibility with a current version of a firmware image that is installed within the particular product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 7, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert A. Asselin, William J. Piazza, David B. Roberts
  • Publication number: 20140201726
    Abstract: A method of determining the compatibility of a firmware version, includes downloading a candidate version of a firmware image for a particular product, updating incomplete firmware compatibility metadata by downloading additional firmware compatibility metadata for the particular product, and using the updated firmware compatibility metadata to determining whether the candidate version of the firmware image is compatibility with a current version of a firmware image that is installed within the particular product.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 17, 2013
    Publication date: July 17, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Albert A. Asselin, William J. Piazza, David B. Roberts
  • Patent number: 8782631
    Abstract: Structural information of a process is stored as an instance hierarchy (e.g. parent-child relation) between occurrence nodes comprising occurrence identifications (IDs) and links to objects of an object pool. Efficient management of process versions (e.g. design, build, test, productive, archive) is accomplished by handling occurrences and corresponding linked objects so that a minimum set of data is physically copied. An algorithm governing the physical copying of process data, is described.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: SAP AG
    Inventors: Michael Volkmer, Martin Naumann
  • Patent number: 8782630
    Abstract: An upgrade of an application product is installed to a first location in a shared environment that is different than a second location in the shared environment. An indication of the newer version of the application product and an indication of the first location are recorded in a registry that comprises indications of a plurality of application products and locations corresponding thereto. Metadata and binding information are obtained from an instance of the previous version of the application product while the instance of the previous version of the application product continues running. The metadata and the binding information are instantiated for an instance of the newer version of the application product in execution space thereof. Work is diverted work from the instance of the previous version of the application product to the instance of the newer version of the application product while both instances continue running in the shared environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2011
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Samar Choudhary, Hao Q. La, Jean-Marc Paulin, Shikha Srivastava
  • Patent number: 8782632
    Abstract: A method and/or network system is able to perform an in-service software upgrade (“ISSU”) using virtualization technology while ongoing network service is maintained. After receipt of an upgrade signal such as a command of software upgrade, a new or second virtual machine (“VM”) is created in response to the upgrade signal. After downloading the new version of program to the second VM while maintaining the first version of program running on the first VM, the process for providing network management begins to migrate from the first version of program to the new version of program. The process simultaneously facilitates ISSU for a data-path module such as a line card to convert from the previous version of software to the new version of the software.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 18, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2014
    Assignee: Tellabs Operations, Inc.
    Inventors: Chakravarthi S. Chigurapati, Pawan Uberoy, Somnath Mani, Praveen Madhav, Duncan Stuart Ritchie, Sebastian Sapa
  • Patent number: 8775974
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention address deficiencies of the art in respect to comparing artifacts and provide a novel and non-obvious method, system and computer program product for multi-contextual navigation of deltas in a hierarchy. In one embodiment of the invention, a method for multi-contextual navigation can include rendering objects for an artifact utilizing a default contextual view of the objects, selecting an object in the default contextual view and directing an inward navigation to a different object in the default contextual view. Notably, responsive to the directing of the inward navigation to the different object, a different contextual view can be provided for at least a portion of the objects defined by the different object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: Scott D. Cowan, Kim D. Letkeman, Mohammed M. Mostafa, Frederic Plante, Vishwanath Ramaswamy
  • Patent number: 8776042
    Abstract: This invention relates to methods and a system for supporting software. In one embodiment, a method for providing an updated version of a software program includes receiving an indication of a fault in a software program, distributing the faulty software program to a distributed community of programmers, receiving updated versions of the faulty software program from a subset of the distributed community of programmers, and determining a preferred updated software program from the received updated versions of the software program. In another embodiment, a system for providing an updated version of a software program includes a communication server for communicating faulty software programs and updates of the programs to and from the distributed community of programmers, a component storage module for storing the faulty software program, and a software testing module for determining a preferred updated version of the faulty software program.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2005
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: TopCoder, Inc.
    Inventor: John M. Hughes
  • Patent number: 8775074
    Abstract: A method and system for refreshing location code data is disclosed. The system includes a location code change system that receives map change data and location code change data. The location code change system processes the map change data, finds affected location codes, and updates the location code's information by manipulating the location code data or performing a geocoding operation. The updated location code data is stored in a location code system. The location code change system receives the location code change data from the location code system and provides information regarding the location code changes to a map change system, which facilitates map updates based on the location code changes.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 30, 2009
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Navteq B.V.
    Inventors: Vojislav Samsalovic, Paul M. Bouzide
  • Patent number: 8775871
    Abstract: A system and method thereof for performing loss-less migration of an application group. In an exemplary embodiment, the system may include a high-availability services module structured for execution in conjunction with an operating system, and one or more computer nodes of a distributed system upon which at least one independent application can be executed upon. The high-availability services module may be structured to be executable on the one or more computer nodes for loss-less migration of the one or more independent applications, and is operable to perform checkpointing of all state in a transport connection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 26, 2013
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Inventors: Keith Richard Backensto, Allan Havemose
  • Patent number: 8776092
    Abstract: Aspects describe multiple interface support that provides dynamic switching between new and old interface revisions. A first interface application is selected from a set of alternative interface applications for an industrial automation system. Support for each interface application included in the set of alternative interface applications is provided. A second interface application is downloaded and associated with the first interface application. The second interface application is enabled during runtime. If needed, the second interface application can be selectively disabled and an operation resumed with the first interface application.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2010
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Rockwell Automation Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kenneth Plache, Daniel B. Seger, III, Raymond Staron, Robert J. Kretschmann, Taryl Jasper, James Harry Jarrett, Russell Brandes, Ronald Bliss, Michael Kalan, Subbian Govindaraj, Kenwood Hall, Douglas J. Reichard
  • Patent number: 8775599
    Abstract: A system that includes multiple hosts, each running a plurality of virtual machines. The system may be, for example, a cloud computing environment in which there are services and a service coordination system that communicates with the hosts and with the services. The services include a middleware management service that is configured to maintain per-tenant middleware policy for each of multiple tenants. The middleware management service causes the middleware policy to be applied to network traffic by directing network traffic to a middleware enforcement mechanism. This middleware policy is per-tenant in that it depends on an identity of a tenant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 8, 2014
    Assignee: Microsoft Corporation
    Inventors: Deepak Bansal, Parveen Patel, Albert Greenberg
  • Publication number: 20140189676
    Abstract: Software accesses a code database and determines that a specified percentage of the code in the code database for an application has been updated. The software then accesses an application database and obtains the application as currently deployed. The software obtains one or more application specifications from the application database, based at least in part on a scan of the application. And the software obtains one or more code-module specifications from the code database, based at least in part on the one or more application specifications. The software then determines that an update can be made to the application as currently deployed, based at least in part on code-module dependencies identified in the one or more application specifications and updated code modules for the application in the code database. And the software creates a new version of the application using the updated code modules and deploys the new version.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 31, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: Zynga Inc.
    Inventor: Amitt Mahajan
  • Publication number: 20140189675
    Abstract: A computer program product is embodied on a non-transitory computer readable medium. The computer program product comprises computer code to display a plurality of first indicia presented in a list, where each first indicia indicates a software product, and computer code to display a second indicia associated with a highlighted one of the first indicia. The second indicia comprises information about the software product indicated by the highlighted first indicia. The computer program product additionally comprises computer code to display a third indicia associated with the highlighted first indicia and indicate the availability of a software update for the software product indicated by the highlighted first indicia, and computer code to display a fourth indicia associated with the highlighted first indicia. The fourth indicia facilitates the retrieval of the software update.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 27, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventors: William Cheng, Kenneth Hwang, Ravi Kannan, Babu Katchapalayam, Bing Liu, Balaji Narasimhan, Gopal Ramanujam, Jonathan Tran
  • Publication number: 20140189673
    Abstract: Management of device firmware update effects as seen by a computing host enables continuously running an OS on the host across a device firmware update, e.g., via delaying visibility of at least a portion of effects of the firmware update, such as in a context where without the delay in visibility the OS would encounter an unrecoverable error and crash. For example, a device (e.g. an SSD) is coupled to a computing host running an unmodified version of Windows. Firmware on the device is updated/activated, such as by being booted. Visibility of a portion of information that would otherwise become immediately visible to the OS (upon activation of updated firmware) is delayed until a power cycle of the device. If the portion includes, e.g., a firmware revision identifier, then the delayed visibility enables continuously running the OS across the firmware update/activation without rebooting the OS.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 6, 2012
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Applicant: LSI CORPORATION
    Inventors: Ross John Stenfort, Keith Patrick McKay
  • Publication number: 20140189674
    Abstract: Firmware of subsystems included in an information processing apparatus is divided according to functions so as to include data areas containing first version information. Second version information indicating a version of the entire firmware based on the first version information of the data areas. The information processing apparatus includes: an update reception unit in a first subsystem that receives a request for updating firmware and firmware updating data containing third version information; a determination unit in a second subsystem that compares the second version information with the third version information to determine which of the data areas needs to be updated; and a partial update execution unit that requests the first subsystem to transmit a data portion of the firmware updating data corresponding to the data area determined to need to be updated, and stores the data portion in a storage unit.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2013
    Publication date: July 3, 2014
    Inventor: Masafumi NAGAO
  • Patent number: 8769525
    Abstract: A networked firmware management system is operable to manage firmware in one or more target devices by receiving one or more firmware target specifications from one or more target devices, the firmware target specifications each identifying a firmware target in the target device. The server stores the one or more received firmware target specification, associated with the one or more firmware targets in the target device. When the server receives a firmware update, the server matches a firmware attribute of the received firmware update against the one or more firmware target specifications stored in the server, and sends the received firmware update to any firmware targets in the target device having a firmware target specification that matches the received firmware update attribute.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 31, 2012
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2014
    Assignee: Digi International Inc.
    Inventors: Adam D. Dirstine, Christopher Glen Popp
  • Patent number: 8762980
    Abstract: Multiple versions of a sequential dataset are maintained without storing the full file set for each version. A full file set for the current version is stored, as well as a chain of forward and/or reverse patches between adjacent versions. New content for the dataset is received, and a new current version is built that includes this new content. Patches between the new and immediately previous versions are built and stored. When a request is received from a client for an update to the current version, multiple patches of the chain are merged, from the client version of the dataset to the current version. This merging of patches creates a single direct delta, which comprises all operations for updating the client version to the current version. The direct delta is then transmitted to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2010
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2014
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: William E. Sobel, James Brennan
  • Publication number: 20140173582
    Abstract: Systems and methods for installing and upgrading application packages to an application platform. Application packages may be uploaded to a directory by developing users (developers) for installation by subscribing users (subscribers). Alternatively, a developer may send identification information to a subscribing user to allow that user to access and install that application package created by the developer. Application packages may also be upgraded. If a developer changes the original source package, a subscriber can choose to pull into their organization the change(s) made by the publisher while preserving any data rows the subscriber had created since first importing the package.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: salesforce. com, inc.
    Inventors: Lars HOFHANSL, Nathan JENSEN-HORNE, Scott HANSMA, Steven TAMM, Craig WEISSMAN
  • Publication number: 20140173580
    Abstract: A system set of a utility node device, such as a kernel and/or root file system, may be updated by utilizing a multi-system set configuration. For example, the multi-system set configuration may include a first system set that is generally configured to act as an “active” set, a second system set (e.g., “idle” set) that is configured to operate when the first system set is non-operational or in an “idle” state, and a third system set that is configured to operate when the first and second system sets are non-operational. During an update of a system set, an update package may be applied to the second “idle” system set, while the first “active” system set remains operational. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Collins
  • Publication number: 20140173583
    Abstract: A method, system and computer program for dynamically updating code managed by an authorized agent. The method includes executing multiple versions of agent code in system memory. One version of the agent code is executed as an active version and another version of the agent code is executed as an inactive version. Version numbers of the active and inactive versions of the agent code are stored in a reloadable module vector. Client instances previously bound to the inactive version of the agent code are bound to the active version of the agent code after comparing the version numbers of the active version of the agent code and the inactive version of the agent code. A portion of the system memory used by the inactive version of the agent code is deallocated when no client instances are bound to the inactive version of the agent code.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 9, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: International Business Machines Corporation
    Inventors: David A. Follis, Timothy D. Kaczynski, Matthew J. Sykes
  • Publication number: 20140173579
    Abstract: Software and/or firmware of a utility node device may be updated by utilizing an update package that includes multiple update items related to different types of the software and/or firmware. The utility node device may selectively install one or more of the multiple update items based on a type of the software and/or firmware that is currently installed on the device. The different types of software and/or firmware may relate to different versions of the software and/or firmware and/or different types of hardware. In some instances, an update item of the update package comprises a delta file that contains differences between different versions of the software and/or firmware. The utility node device may comprise a smart utility meter, sensor, control device, transformer, switch, relay, or the like.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 17, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: ITRON, INC.
    Inventors: Brett McDonald, Samuel Lee Whitfield, Gregory Shane Barrett, Kevin David Guthrie, Scott Collins
  • Publication number: 20140173585
    Abstract: In one aspect, this application describes a method for determining a version of a software application targeted for a computing device. The method includes receiving, at an application marketplace system and from a user associated with a computing device that operates remotely from the application marketplace system, a request that corresponds to a software application distributed by the application marketplace system, the software application having multiple versions on the application marketplace system. The method also includes determining one or more device attributes that are associated with the computing device, and identifying a particular version of the software application, from among the multiple versions on the application marketplace system, that is targeted for the computing device based on the device attributes. The method also includes providing, for display to the user and in response to the request, information related to the particular version of the software application.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 21, 2014
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: Google
    Inventors: Ilya Firman, Jasper S. Lin, Mark D. Womack, Yu-Kuan Lin, Sheng-chi Hsieh, Juliana Tsang
  • Publication number: 20140173581
    Abstract: A system for upgrading firmware in multiple units or devices of a building control or automation system. A computer may have a tool that can reflash the firmware with an upgrade. The tool may reflash the firmware of multiple devices automatically without intervention of an operator. Devices having firmware that need an upgrade may be identified and classified as eligible for a firmware upgrade. Devices having firmware similar to firmware in other devices may be grouped with the latter devices for upgrading together, sequentially or in parallel, to simplify and expedite firmware upgrading of the devices. Firmware of devices in the field may be upgraded via a communication network or the like by the computer with the tool. The firmware upgrade, communications and/or associated activity associated with the upgrade may be proprietary and/or secured from public availability.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 18, 2012
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Applicant: HONEYWELL INTERNATIONAL INC.
    Inventors: Paul Grinberg, Gary Kasper, Jeffrey Randall
  • Publication number: 20140173584
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method for updating data and/or software embedded in an electronic device comprising a communication interface and being suitable to be controlled remotely by a remote control device, the electronic device comprises a mechanical casing cabinet and being configurable into at least one standby mode, said method being characterised in that it comprises the steps of detecting the presence of the remote control device in the receptacle for a determined period, of configuring the standby mode following the detection of the remote control device and of updating embedded data via the intermediary of the communication interface, the update being carried out according to the presence of the remote control device in the receptacle. The invention also relates to the device implementing the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2013
    Publication date: June 19, 2014
    Inventors: Didier GAYRARD, Lionel Beaurepaire, Herve Michel
  • Patent number: 8756592
    Abstract: Prior to updating of an information processing program that stores a program update module for updating a wireless interface driver or the information processing program used for communications with a router, a printer stores the minimal information necessary for communications such as the wireless interface driver or setting information (service set identification (SSID), Wep key, etc.) necessary for using the wireless interface driver in basic update user information stored in an area different from an area for the information processing program. If updating of the information processing program is suspended and an error occurs in the information processing program, a basic update module protected from overwriting utilizes the basic update user information to restart communications with the router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2007
    Date of Patent: June 17, 2014
    Assignee: Seiko Epson Corporation
    Inventor: Kyoichi Kamijima
  • Patent number: 8752012
    Abstract: A process evaluation device, comprising: a development process definition storage unit which stores definition information on a plurality of processes for developing software and sequence numbers thereof; a transition information acquiring unit which acquires identification information or a sequence number of a new process after a backward transition occurs, wherein a process transition from a certain process referred hereafter as an evaluation origin to said new process is said backward transition when a sequence number of said new process is smaller than a sequence number of said evaluation and a transition information analysis unit which calculates and thereby outputs a backing-away distance which is a difference between a sequence number of said evaluation origin and a sequence number of said new process, is provided, in order to apprehend what are real causes of the development delay.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Shigeru Hosono
  • Patent number: 8752038
    Abstract: The performance of a boot sequence is improved by presenting the user with easy to read information concerning the performance cost of each boot time application, and allowing the user to remove processes from the boot sequence or uninstall them altogether. Processes associated with the boot sequence are identified, and their corresponding performance cost is determined as percentage of the performance cost of the entire boot sequence, or according to the time they take to execute. The identified processes and their associated performance costs are presented to the user, along with a user interface component for selecting processes to remove from the boot sequence and/or uninstall. Responsive to input from the user, selected processes are removed from the boot sequence and/or uninstalled as directed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 17, 2008
    Date of Patent: June 10, 2014
    Assignee: Symantec Corporation
    Inventors: Keith Newstadt, Shaun Cooley, Vijay Bhaskar Perumal
  • Publication number: 20140157251
    Abstract: A software version management system comprising a host driver and at least one software module. The host driver comprises migration means to start, stop and replace the software modules on a computer system in response to replacement actions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 2, 2013
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Applicant: INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS MACHINES CORPORATION
    Inventors: Michael D. Hocker, Michael J. Jordan, Tamas Visegrady, Klaus Werner
  • Publication number: 20140157250
    Abstract: When customer transport requests are included in an update procedure performed on a customer-customizable business software architecture, versioning of the objects and other features imported via such transport requests can require an extended period of business downtime using conventional methods. Additional downtime can result if the objects of the customer transports are not automatically generated. Consistent with features described herein, versioning can be done for many object types in a second shadow system or instance during uptime. The generation of objects in the customer transports can also done in the second shadow system or instance during uptime.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 5, 2012
    Publication date: June 5, 2014
    Inventors: Tamara Weckwerth, Stefan Mueller
  • Patent number: 8745612
    Abstract: To provide a secure installation and execution software environment, locked version numbers are maintained. A locked version number associated with a software program may be stored. When a request is received to update the software program with an update package, a package number of the update package may be compared to the locked version number. The software program may be updated with the update package if the package number is at least as recent as the locked version number, and the updating of the software program with the update package may be restricted if the package number is earlier than the locked version number.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 14, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: Google Inc.
    Inventors: Luigi Semenzato, William Alexander Drewry, Gaurav Shah, Randall Spangler, Sumit Gwalani
  • Patent number: 8745610
    Abstract: At the time of a maintenance work, a user computing machine does not give user data to a person (maintainer) who carries out maintenance and does not accept operations and data that are not relevant to the maintenance work so as to prevent the leakage of user data. Specifically, a user computing machine includes: a user data determination section determining whether a file of a VM of a computing machine used by a user is data created by the user, and a VM copy section, creating a copy of a VM which does not include data created by the user by calling the user data determination section. The maintenance is performed by supplying the VM which does not include data created by the user to a computing machine of the maintainer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 13, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 3, 2014
    Assignee: NEC Corporation
    Inventor: Takayuki Sasaki