IBM Patent Grants

Safety apparatus for electrical equipment rack

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10178911
A safety apparatus for an electrical equipment rack includes a retractable safety device for preventing, when in an operational position, the extending of an extendable rail and an electrical equipment unit mounted thereon from a position internal to the rack to a position external to the rack, and for allowing the same when in a non-operational position. The position of the retractable safety device is linked to the position of a retractable rack support such that when the retractable…

Prioritizing the direction of a directional pedestrian mover (DPM) in real time, based on predicted pedestrian traffic flow

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10179719
The program directs a computer processor to implement a program that prioritizes a direction of movement of a directional pedestrian mover (DPM) based on predicted pedestrian traffic flow. The program obtains a first predicted pedestrian traffic flow relative to the direction of movement of the DPM, and a second predicted pedestrian traffic flow in a different direction relative to the first predicted pedestrian traffic flow. The program determines that the second predicted pedestrian…

Optical deformation detection sensor and system having a material disposed on the inner surface of an elongated hollow housing

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180337
An optical sensor and a deformation detection system in which the optical sensor is used. The optical sensor includes an optical fiber, an elongated hollow housing having an interior portion, and a material disposed on an inner surface of the housing that produces a persistent change in an optical signal transmission property of the optical fiber when the optical fiber contacts the material. The optical fiber elastically extends between opposing ends of the housing such that a bending…

Optical deformation detection sensor and system

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180338
An optical sensor and a deformation detection system in which the optical sensor is used. The optical sensor includes an optical fiber, an elongated hollow housing having an interior portion, and a material disposed on an inner surface of the housing that produces a persistent change in an optical signal transmission property of the optical fiber when the optical fiber contacts the material. The optical fiber elastically extends between opposing ends of the housing such that a bending…

Optimization through use of conductive threads and biometric data

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180688
In a method, a computer receives biometric data from sensors. The computer compares the biometric data to predefined levels of biometric data. The computer determines a score based on the biometric data. The computer compares the score to previously stored scores. The computer sends a score to conductive threads if the score is not acceptable.

Dispersed storage write process with lock/persist

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180787
A method begins by one or more processing modules of one or more computing devices of a dispersed storage network (DSN) determining that dispersed error encoded data slices stored in a plurality of distributed storage units of the DSN are to be updated and then sending a plurality of lock requests respectively to the plurality of distributed storage units. The method continues with the processing modules receiving a response from a write threshold number of distributed storage units of…

Non-interfering transactions

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180921
Embodiments relate to non-interfering transactions. An aspect includes receiving, by a first transaction, a conflicting remote access request from a requester, the remote access request being directed to a memory area that is owned as part of at least one of a transactional read set and transactional write set by the first transaction. Another aspect includes determining whether the requester is a second transaction that is indicated as a non-interfering transaction with respect to the…

Methods, systems and computer program products for facilitating visualization of interrelationships in a spreadsheet

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180933
Methods, systems and computer program products are provided for visually indicating relationships among cells in a spreadsheet. Each of a first graphical linking element extending between cells in a first branch of a dependency tree of a root cell and a second graphical linking element extending between cells in a second branch of the dependency tree of the root cell is independently displayed and hidden.

Cognitive entity reference recognition

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180937
Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The methods include, for instance: monitoring one or more message of the conversation between multiple users for an entity reference; detecting the entity reference in a message in the conversation. An entity reference list stores previously established alternate name referring to a user in the conversation. By analyzing the message and following messages in the conversation for relevance of and sentiment to the entity…

Assisted free form decision definition using rules vocabulary

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180938
A method of decision definition using a rules vocabulary includes: receiving free form input; identifying terms contained within the free form input; searching the rules vocabulary objects for terms; responsive to the term being found, obtaining input from a user as to whether to use the found term; responsive to the term not being found; searching the rules vocabulary attributes for terms having attributes corresponding to the term; responsive to the term being found, obtaining input…

Emotional and personality analysis of characters and their interrelationships

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180939
One embodiment provides a method, including: utilizing a processor to execute computer code that performs the steps of: receiving, at an information handling device, a dataset comprising dialog information between a plurality of characters in a narrative; analyzing, using the processor, the dataset to identify dialog patterns between the plurality of characters; determining, based upon the identified dialog patterns, at least one relationship profile between at least a subset of the…

Consistent execution of partial queries in hybrid DBMS

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180946
The disclosure relates to a system comprising a first and a second database engine and a replication module. The replication module replicates changes from a first database maintained by the first engine to a second database maintained by the second engine. The system maps state times and sync times. The state times are specified in a first temporal reference system used by the first engine and the sync times are specified in a second temporal reference system used by the second engine.…

Automatic detection of problems in a large-scale multi-record update system and method

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10180957
A method, computer program product, and computer system for identifying, by a computing device, a change to at least one record of a plurality of records in a multi-record update. At least one problem condition associated with the change to the at least one record is determined, wherein the at least one problem condition is determined via at least one problem definition object before the change is saved. The at least one problem condition is organized on a display. An action is executed…

Personalized emergency evacuation plan

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181242
Embodiments of the present invention disclose a method, computer program product, and system for generating and transmitting a Personalized Emergency Evacuation Plan (PEEP). The computer receives an emergency condition real-time data from a plurality of building sensors, a tracking data of at least one user from a plurality of tracking sensors, a facility structural data from a facility database, and a stored user data from a user database for the at least one user. The computer…

Intelligent truthfulness indicator association

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181333
Methods, computer program products, and systems are presented. The method computer program products, and systems can include, for instance: obtaining speech based message data and biometric data of a speaker user of a messaging system, the speech based message data being input into a computer device by the speaker user and the biometric data indicating one or more aspect of a physical condition of the speaker user during the input of the speech based message data into the computer…

Structure and method for dynamic biasing to improve ESD robustness of current mode logic (CML) drivers

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181463
An integrated circuit having a CML driver including a driver biasing network. A first output pad and a second output pad are connected to a voltage pad. A first driver is connected to the first output pad and the voltage pad. A second driver is connected to the second output pad and the voltage pad. A first ESD circuit is connected to the voltage pad, the first output pad, and the first driver. A second ESD circuit is connected to the voltage pad, the second output pad, and the second…

Reduction of crosstalk between dielectric waveguides using split ring resonators

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181628
Embodiments herein describe a high-speed communication channel in a PCB that includes a dielectric waveguide sandwiched between two ground layers. The dielectric waveguide includes a core and a cladding where the material of the core has a higher dielectric constant than the material of the cladding. Thus, electromagnetic signals propagating in the core are internally reflected at the interface between the core and cladding such that the electromagnetic signals are primary contained in…

Refresh of shared cryptographic keys

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181950
One of n?2 servers, connectable via a network, implements a cryptographic protocol using a secret key K which is shared between the n servers, and includes first and second server compartments. The first is connectable to the network, adapted to implement the cryptographic protocol, and stores a current key share of the secret key K. The second is inaccessible from the network in the operation of the server, stores a set of master keys, and is adapted, for each of successive time…

Methods and systems for mindful home automation

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181959
A set of assumptions about scheduled settings in a home automation system which control devices in a home is provided. An input from a sensor coupled to the home automation system is received. The input indicates that activity has occurred in the home. Suggestions in the user interface are presented for changing a first assumption of the set of assumptions based on the input. The first assumption is for controlling a device separate from the sensor which produced the input.

Action records in virtual space

Granted: January 15, 2019
Patent Number: 10181986
Embodiments of the present invention provide systems and methods for monitoring action records in virtual space. The systems and methods for monitoring action records in virtual space display recorded activity on an avatar within the virtual space by communicating in a virtual space with a user account. The recorded activity is analyzed and processed in order to compile information on the avatar and display an avatar (which is a reflection of the compiled information).