By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 12 -- International Business Machines, Armonk, N.Y., has been assigned a patent (8,533,659) developed by six co-inventors for an "efficient extraction of software dependencies from program code." The co-inventors are Nikolai A. Joukov, Thornwood, N.Y., Birgit M. Pfitzmann, Valhalla, N.Y., Marco Pistoia, Amawalk, N.Y., Vasily Tarasov, Stony Brook, N.Y., Takaaki Tateishi, Kanagawa, Japan, and Norbert G. Vogl, Mahopac, N.Y.
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Calls to stop functions are identified in a computer program file. The stop functions are functions that interact with external resources. Parameters of the calls to the stop functions that are references to the external resources are identified. An analysis is performed over the computer program file to find out possible values of the parameters of the calls."
The patent application was filed on July 29, 2009 (12/511,506). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,533,659.PN.&OS=PN/8,533,659&RS=PN/8,533,659
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.