04084228 is referenced by 113 patents and cites 9 patents.

A system and method for computer process dispatching in a multiprogramming/multiprocessing environment is disclosed. Each process in the multiprogramming/multiprocessing computer system may be in one of four states at any given time as follows:

1. Running -- the process is in control of the computer system and is directing the operation of the central processing unit (CPU);

2. ready -- the process is ready to run as soon as it is given control of the CPU;

3. waiting -- the process is waiting for an external event to occur so it can either resume running or enter the ready state;

4. Suspended -- the process has been temporarily stopped (from a source external to the process).

The dispatcher is a firmware/hardware structure that controls the first three states of the process--i.e. running, ready and waiting states.

Title
Process management structures and hardware/firmware control
Application Number
5/529012
Publication Number
4084228
Application Date
December 2, 1974
Publication Date
April 11, 1978
Inventor
Benjamin S Franklin
Cambridge
MA, US
John J Bradley
Garches
FR
Philippe Hubert DE Rivet
Paris
FR
Jean Louis Bogaert
Clamart
FR
Jean Claude Cassonnet
Conflans-Ste-Honorine
FR
Patrick Dufond
Paris
FR
Agent
Ronald T Reiling
Nicholas Prasinos
Assignee
Compagnie Honeywell Bull
FR
IPC
G06F 9/18
G06F 15/16
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