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"Identifying Software Responsible for a Change in System Stability" in Patent Application Approval Process

June 26, 2014



By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Politics & Government Week -- A patent application by the inventors Bennah, Albert D. (Cary, NC); Rodriguez, Adrian X. (Durham, NC); Woods, Eric (Durham, NC), filed on November 30, 2012, was made available online on June 12, 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 present invention relates to monitoring and managing the operational stability of a computer system.

"Physical computer systems and virtual machines rely upon various types and versions of software applications in order to complete their tasks. These software applications may include operating systems, drivers, firmware, and user applications. New and different software applications may be installed into one of these systems or machines from time to time to alter, maintain or update the software capabilities. Ongoing installation of software makes this a potentially dynamic environment. In fact, software package update managers may be utilized to perform routine software updates.

"However, the installation of a software application, including a software update, may lead to a system event that impacts the performance of the system. These system events may be referred to as faults, instabilities, or errors. When a systems management tool detects such a failure or instability in a computer system, the systems management tool is capable of triggering the collection and storage of a log. Administrative personnel may then access the log in order to determine the cause of the problem and attempt to fix the problem."

In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "One embodiment of the present invention provides a computer-implemented method, comprising detecting a stability change in a first computer system, and comparing a first set of software applications installed on the first computer system to each set of software applications installed on a plurality of other computer systems in communication with a management module. The method then identifies a second computer system from among the plurality of other computer systems, wherein the set of software applications installed on the second computer system includes all of the first set of software applications except for a given software application. The given software application may accordingly be identified as the cause of the stability change in the first computer system.

"Another embodiment of the present invention provides a computer program product including computer usable program code embodied on a tangible computer usable storage medium. The computer program product comprises computer usable program code for detecting a stability change in a first computer system; computer usable program code for comparing a first set of software applications installed on the first computer system to each set of software applications installed on a plurality of other computer systems in communication with a management module; computer usable program code for identifying a second computer system from among the plurality of other computer systems, wherein the set of software applications installed on the second computer system includes all of the first set of software applications except for a given software application; and computer usable program code for identifying the given software application as the cause of the stability change in the first computer system.

BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS

"FIG. 1 is a schematic diagram of a management node capable of monitoring the stability of virtual machines.

"FIG. 2 is a flowchart of a method of identifying software applications that are responsible for system stability changes in one or more of the virtual machines.

"FIG. 3 is a diagram of a cloud computing node according to one or more embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 4 is a diagram of a cloud computing environment according to one or more embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 5 is a diagram depicting abstraction model layers according to one or more embodiment of the present invention.

"FIG. 6 is a diagram of an exemplary computing node that may be utilized according to one or more embodiments of the present invention.

"FIG. 7 is a diagram of an exemplary blade chassis that may be utilized according to one or more embodiments of the present invention."

URL and more information on this patent application, see: Bennah, Albert D.; Rodriguez, Adrian X.; Woods, Eric. Identifying Software Responsible for a Change in System Stability. Filed November 30, 2012 and posted June 12, 2014. Patent URL: http://appft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO2&Sect2=HITOFF&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsearch-adv.html&r=416&p=9&f=G&l=50&d=PG01&S1=20140605.PD.&OS=PD/20140605&RS=PD/20140605

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

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