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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Different hardware resources (e.g., modules, components. and devices) of a computing system may have firmware for which updates are published from time to time. Traditionally, independent hardware vendors (IHVs) and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) are responsible for handling firmware updates for their own hardware resources. Accordingly, different vendors and manufacturer not only individually handle creation and testing of firmware for their hardware, but may also establish different, independent and/or proprietary mechanisms and systems for deploying and applying updated firmware. Due in part to inconsistent handling of firmware updates, users may have difficulty understanding and managing firmware updates and keeping firmware update-to-date may be quite time consuming."
As a supplement to the background information on this patent application, VerticalNews correspondents also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "This Summary is provided to introduce a selection of concepts in a simplified form that are further described below in the Detailed Description. This Summary is not intended to identify key features or essential features of the claimed subject matter, nor is it intended to be used to limit the scope of the claimed subject matter.
"A firmware update system is described. In one or more embodiments, the firmware update system is implemented to collectively handle firmware updates for a plurality of hardware resources in a defined and consistent manner. The firmware update system may be configured as an operating system component that handles firmware updates across different computing platforms and architectures. In one approach, a data structure is defined to associate each updateable resource with a corresponding identifier to enumerate the updateable resources to the firmware update system. The firmware update system may reference the data structure to produce representations of the each individual resource that may be employed to handle firmware updates. The representations provide an operating system level abstraction through which detection, analysis, acquisition, deployment, installation, and tracking of firmware updates is managed. Using the representations, the firmware update system operates to discover available firmware updates collectively for the enumerated resources, match the updates to appropriate resources, and initiate installation of the updates.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"FIG. 1 illustrates an example operating environment in which one or more embodiments of a firmware update system can be employed.
"FIG. 2 is a diagram showing example resources of a device in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 3 is a diagram showing an example resource data structure to convey information regarding resources to firmware update system in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 4 is a flow diagram that describes details of an example procedure in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 5 is a flow diagram that describes details of an example procedure in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 6 is a flow diagram that describes details of an example procedure in accordance with one or more embodiments.
"FIG. 7 is a block diagram of a system that can implement the various embodiments."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Nelson, Eric F.;
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