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"Performing Diagnostic Tests in a Data Center" in Patent Application Approval Process

May 22, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventors DEVALE, SANTOSH (DAVANGERE, IN); JOSHI, RAJAT Y. (BANGALORE, IN); KULKARNI, VISHAL (BANGALORE, IN); SAINATH, VENKATESH (BANGALORE, IN), filed on October 25, 2012, was made available online on May 8, 2014, according to news reporting originating from Washington, D.C., by VerticalNews correspondents.

This patent application is assigned to International Business Machines Corporation.

The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The field of the invention is data processing, or, more specifically, methods, apparatus, and products for performing diagnostic tests in a data center.

"The development of the EDVAC computer system of 1948 is often cited as the beginning of the computer era. Since that time, computer systems have evolved into extremely complicated devices. Today's computers are much more sophisticated than early systems such as the EDVAC. Computer systems typically include a combination of hardware and software components, application programs, operating systems, processors, buses, memory, input/output devices, and so on. As advances in semiconductor processing and computer architecture push the performance of the computer higher and higher, more sophisticated computer software has evolved to take advantage of the higher performance of the hardware, resulting in computer systems today that are much more powerful than just a few years ago.

"Cloud computing and cloud-based environments are steadily becoming more prevalent. Cloud-based environments provide a user the power of many computers through by accessing the powerful computers through a much less powerful single computer. Such powerful computers are typically housed in one or more data centers and remotely accessible by the user. Data centers today may contain hundreds or thousands of servers. Some data centers contain a heterogeneous mix of systems from various vendors. For example, data centers may contain servers with x86 processor architectures, servers with Power.TM. processor architectures, and so on. Further, hardware components may vary from one server to the next in a data center. When errors occur in servers of such a data center, errors are typically reported to a management console. The management console aggregates multiple error reports, identifies similarities among the multiple error reports, and identifies possible root causes. Using the possible root causes, a system administrator may mitigate future errors in the data center. In such a data center, however, multiple errors must be aggregated before mitigation can occur."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "Methods, apparatus, and products for performing diagnostic tests in a data center are disclosed in this specification. The data center includes a plurality of servers and a management console. The plurality of servers comprises two or more different types of servers. Each server is configured to report errors to the management console in an error log format specific to the type of the server reporting the error log. Performing diagnostic tests in such a data center includes: receiving, by the management console from an error generating server, an error log indicating an error produced by a hardware component of the error generating server; parsing, by the management console, the error log into an error notification, the error notification including information describing the error and a type of the hardware component producing the error in the error generating server; and providing, by the management console to a plurality of other servers, the error notification.

"For each of the other servers receiving the error notification, the other server determines whether the server includes a hardware component having the same hardware component type included in the error notification. If the other server includes a hardware component having the same hardware component type included in the error notification, the other server performs one or more diagnostic tests on the hardware component of the server; and reports, by the other server, results of the diagnostic tests to the management console.

"The foregoing and other objects, features and advantages of the invention will be apparent from the following more particular descriptions of exemplary embodiments of the invention as illustrated in the accompanying drawings wherein like reference numbers generally represent like parts of exemplary embodiments of the invention.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 sets forth a block diagram of a system for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 2 sets forth a flow chart illustrating an exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 3 sets forth a flow chart illustrating a further exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 sets forth a flow chart illustrating a further exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 sets forth a flow chart illustrating a further exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 sets forth a flow chart illustrating a further exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 7 sets forth a flow chart illustrating a further exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 8 sets forth a flow chart illustrating a further exemplary method for performing diagnostic tests in a data center according to embodiments of the present invention."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: DEVALE, SANTOSH; JOSHI, RAJAT Y.; KULKARNI, VISHAL; SAINATH, VENKATESH. Performing Diagnostic Tests in a Data Center. Filed October 25, 2012 and posted May 8, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=430&p=9&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140501.PD.&OS=PD/20140501&RS=PD/20140501

Keywords for this news article include: Software, International Business Machines Corporation.

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