Project Description

Computer Technology Overview

Computer technology is as a branch of engineering science that deals with the systematic study of algorithmic processes, which are used to describe and transform information. Computing may encompass the design and development of software and hardware systems for a broad range of purposes – often structuring, processing and managing any kind of information – to aid in the pursuit of scientific studies, making intelligent systems, and creating and using different media for entertainment and communication.

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Data Retrieval System that Provides Retrieval of Data to Any Point in Time

INVENTOR • Ken Qing Yang

ABSTRACT

This new disk array architecture is capable of providing timely recovery to any point-in-time for user data stored in the array, referred to as TRAP (Timely Recovery Any Point) array. This new architecture has little negative impact on application performance while providing continuous data protection capability, additional security and reducing storage space requirements.

APPLICATION

•Data retrieval for record keeping purposes such as in distributed electronic healthcare information systems (EHS), electronic news information record keeping systems, and Internet information record keeping systems.
•Data recovery due to information system failures.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

This system reduces the amount of data to be stored and transferred in a networked storage system.
It includes a disk array architecture that provides timely recovery to any point-in-time, referred to as TRAP-Array (Timely Recovery Any Point). TRAP recovers data to any point-in-time very quickly upon failure and also uses less storage space than traditional daily differential backup/snapshots.
Architecture: TRAP-Array opens up another dimension for storage arrays. It is orthogonal and complementary to RAID (Redundant Array of Independent disks) in the sense that RAID protects data in the dimension along an array of physical disks while TRAP protects data in the dimension along the time sequence.
With a direct and fast encoding scheme, the TRAP architecture presents dramatic space savings because of content locality that exists in real world applications. Furthermore, it provides faster data recovery to any-point-in-time than traditional techniques because of the drastically smaller amount of storage space used.
The implementation is file system and application independent. Any file system or database application may readily run on top of a system of the invention. The software prototype is a block level device driver. The driver takes write requests from a file system or database system at block level, then the system performs normal write into the local primary storage and at the same time performs parity computation.
The storage architecture includes a plurality of data storage mediums, an encoder system and a time stamp circuit. The plurality of data storage mediums each include a parity bit that provides an indication of the parity of the data in each respective data storage medium.
PATENT STATUS
US #8239706
AVAILABILITY
Technology is available for licensing.
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Systems and methods for recovering information from NAND gates Array Memory Systems

INVENTORS • Qing Yang Weijun Xiao

ABSTRACT

A method is disclosed for recovering data associated with a damaged file stored in a NAND gate array memory. The method includes the steps of: identifying all meta data associated with the damaged file; identifying each logical block address of all identified metadata; collecting all physical block addresses associated with one of the identified logical block addresses or the identified meta data; counting in a replace table (ReplTable) a number of matches to a physical block address of the damaged file for each physical block address of the damaged file; choosing a block in a linked list that corresponds to the physical block address of the block in the linked list; and linking all chosen blocks to form a replicated file.

APPLICATION

This can be used to recover information from a damaged flash memory such as a mobile phone or usb-drives, mainly for forensic purposes.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

Would be great for law enforcement and other forensic accounting applications.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
US8327182 Dec 4, 2012 Utility United States
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Selective Surface Smoothing Using Lasers

INVENTOR • Manbir Sodhi

ABSTRACT

The technology is a micro melting process to melt surface irregularities or features on a surface of a substrate. The method includes providing a laser and a control mechanism associated with the laser. The control mechanism varies the laser intensity and direction by varying and monitoring the power of the laser while simultaneously considering multiple key factors.

APPLICATION

Allows realization of the potential of solid free-form fabrication (SFF) technology for rapid production of tools and dies and for re-manufacturing valuable components. Lowers the cost and time of expensive post-processing due to issues of surface improvement in solid free-form fabrication (SFF), widely used for prototyping in additive manufacturing. SFF techniques generate surfaces with roughness compared to rough machining operations, and generally requires post-processing to bring to specification. The surface roughness specifications can be achieved during the metal deposition operations, expensive and time consuming re-fixturing and finish machining operations can be eliminated, creating large cost and time savings.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

The surface roughness specifications can be achieved during the metal deposition operations, expensive and time consuming re-fixturing and finish machining operations can be eliminated, creating large cost and time savings.
Micro-melting is applicable to a wide variety of materials, creates little to no damage to the base metal and allows precise control. Material systems may include but are not limited to glass, polymers, ceramics, diamonds, and metals.
The invention improves surface quality by a combination of planned laser micro-melting/ablation and workpiece motion. The micro-melting process can simultaneously consider all the following factors, and use them in all desired combinations:
a) the nature of the irregularities being considered;
b) the material of the substrate;
c) the power of the laser;
d) the approach direction and angle of the laser; and
e) the melting run-off, i.e. the local melting of peaks to flow into the valleys
Selective Surface Smoothing Using Lasers
The information from different substrates is saved in a database and then prior knowledge and computer data can be used to control the
laser to remove the irregularities in the surface of the substrate.
PATENT STATUS
US #8653409
AVAILABILITY
Technology is available for licensing.
URI# 03-1215
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Systems and methods for finite element based topology optimization

INVENTOR • Arun Nair, David Taggart

ABSTRACT

A method is disclosed of providing an optimal minimum mass topology for a structure based on a set of design criteria including at least one support point and at least one force to be applied to the structure. The method includes the steps of: identifying a plurality of nodes within a structure design domain, and assigning an initial density value to said plurality of nodes; conducting a finite element analysis on the nodes; determining one of a stress intensity or strain energy values for each node; ranking the nodes by relative stress intensity or strain energy values; adjusting the density value for each node; and repeating the steps of conducting a finite element analysis on said nodes, wherein the step of adjusting each density value for each node is performed according to a family of statistical distribution functions that gradually transition to a bimodal distribution wherein nodes are either fully dense or effectively void thereby providing an optimal topology.

APPLICATION

The present invention relates generally to design optimization methodologies, and relates in particular to design methodologies for developing designs of structures to support a mass with a minimum amount of material.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

1)      The invention provides a method for providing an optimal topology for a structure based on a set of design criteria including at least one support point and at least one force to be applied to the structure. The method includes the steps of identifying a plurality of nodes within a structure design domain, and assigning an initial density value to the plurality of nodes.

2)     The method also includes the steps of conducting a finite element analysis on the nodes, determining a stress intensity value for each node, ranking the nodes by relative stress intensity values, and adjusting the density value for each node.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
8,335,668 Dec 18, 2012 Utility United States
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Systems and Methods for On-Chip Power Management

INVENTORS • Chuen-Song Chen, Jien-Chung Lo

ABSTRACT

A power measurement system is disclosed for use on an integrated circuit for measuring the power used by the integrated circuit. The power measurement system includes a low-dropout voltage regulator and a signal input unit.

APPLICATION

The low-dropout voltage regulator includes a power transistor that couples a supply voltage to a circuit to be powered by the supply voltage, and the low-dropout voltage regulator provides an internal adjustment signal to the integrated circuit.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

This can significantly reduce power consumption in integrated circuits and prolong the service life cycle.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
7,902,802 Mar 8, 2011 Utility United States
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System and Method for Branch Misprediction Prediction Using A Mispredicted Branch Table Having Entry Eviction Protection

INVENTOR • Resit Sendag

ABSTRACT

A system is disclosed for providing branch misprediction prediction in a microprocessor. The system includes a mispredicted branch table.

APPLICATION

The present invention generally relates to branch prediction in microprocessors, and relates in particular to systems and methods for predicting branch misprediction in microprocessors.

FEATURES AND BENEFITS

The system includes a mispredicted branch table that includes address, distance, and true/not true fields, and an index to the mispredicted branch table that is formed responsive to

1) a current mispredicted branch

2) a global history

3) a global misprediction history

4) a branch misprediction distance

Intellectual Property

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
8,312,255 Nov 13, 2012 Utility United States
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Cache architecture for a processing unit providing reduced power consumption in cache operation

INVENTOR • Qing Yang

ABSTRACT

A cache memory processing system is disclosed that is coupled to a main memory and a processing unit. The cache memory processing system includes an input, a low order bit data path, a high order bit data path and an output. The input is for receiving input data that includes at least one low order input bit and at least one high order input bit.

INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY

Patent Number Issue Date Type Country of Filing
US7966452B2 Jun 21, 2011 Utility United States
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A Multiferro-Heterostructure Composition Having Tunable Magnetic Coupling at Room Temperature

INVENTORS • Ken Qing Yang, Ruihua Cheng

ABSTRACT

The invention provides a ferromagnetic/ferroelectric heterostructure thin film that exhibits
tunable magneto-electric coupling with room temperature functionality

APPLICATION

Information technology and device fabrication for electrically controlling magnetic memory
devices and magnetically manipulating electric devices.
Organic multiferroic materials are applicable to the development of low nonvolatile, high
density, and high-speed memory devices exhibiting low power consumption.

FEATURES & BENEFITS

•Magneto-electric coupling in heterostructures is produced by applying an external magnetic field to prepared multiferroic film materials.
•The electric polarization of the ferroelectric PVDF layer is tunable.
•As the applied magnetic field is varied, the properties of the PVDF layer show hysteretic features.
•The magneto-electric coupling strength between the ferroelectric and ferromagnetic layers is linearly related to the thickness of the PVDF layer.
•Low cost of fabrication.
•Ferroelectricity and ferromagnetism coexist in these multiferroic materials.
•Solves issues of extrinsic magneto-electric effects seen at room temperature in single phase and composite multiferroic heterostructures.
PATENT STATUS
US #9130144
AVAILABILITY
Technology is available for licensing.
URI# 12-0320
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