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News editors obtained the following quote from the background information supplied by the inventors: "Computers have become increasingly commonplace in our world and offer a variety of different functionality. Some computers are designed primarily for individual use, while others are designed primarily to be accessed by multiple users and/or multiple other computers concurrently. These different functionalities are realized by the use of different hardware components as well as different software applications that are installed on the computers.
"Although the variety of available computer functionality and software applications is a tremendous benefit to the end users of the computers, such a wide variety can be problematic for the developers of the software applications as well as system administrators that are tasked with keeping computers running. Such problems can arise, for example, because of differences in configurations or settings that are required by different software applications that a user may try to install on the same computer. Situations can arise where the settings required by one software application cause another software application to malfunction. By way of another example, situations can arise where two software applications have conflicting requirements on how the operating system on the computer should be configured. Such situations can cause one or both of the software applications, and possibly additional applications, to operate incorrectly if both are installed concurrently.
"Accordingly, there is a need for an improved way to install software applications on computers."
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 as an aid in determining the scope of the claimed subject matter.
"Model-based virtual system provisioning is described herein.
"In accordance with certain aspects, a model of a workload to be installed on a virtual machine of a system as well as a model of the system are accessed. A workload refers to some computing that is to be performed, and includes an application to be executed to perform the computing, and optionally includes the operating system on which the application is to be installed. The workload model identifies a source of the application and operating system of the workload, as well as constraints of the workload, such as resources and/or other capabilities that the virtual machine(s) on which the workload is to be installed must have. An installation specification for the application is also generated, the installation specification being derived at least in part from the model of the workload and the model of the virtual system.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
"The same numbers are used throughout the drawings to reference like features.
"FIG. 1 illustrates an example system definition model (SDM) that can be used with the model-based virtual system provisioning described herein.
"FIG. 2 illustrates an example use of types, configurations, and instances.
"FIG. 3 is a flowchart illustrating an example process for provisioning a virtual system.
"FIG. 4 illustrates an example workload installation specification m additional detail.
"FIG. 5 is a flowchart illustrating an example of the generation of a workload installation specification for physical deployment in additional detail.
"FIG. 6 illustrates an example general computer environment, which can be used to implement the techniques described herein."
For additional information on this patent application, see: Vinberg, Anders B.; Fries, Robert M.; Grealish, Kevin; Hunt,
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