05535375 is referenced by 228 patents and cites 18 patents.

A computer system manages files shared by first and second heterogeneous clients. The first client exhibits a first protocol such as SMB and the second client exhibits a second, different protocol such as NFS. A first protocol converter receives requests from the first client to create, read and update the files, and converts the requests to corresponding requests exhibiting a common protocol. A second protocol converter receives requests from the second client to create, read and update the files, and converts the requests to corresponding requests exhibiting the common protocol. A file manager is common to both clients and both protocol converters, receives the converted requests exhibiting the common protocol and executes the requests in a name space and data area which are both common to the first and second clients. The name space stores names of the files and the data area stores the files. The file manager provides access by each of the clients to files and names of the files created by the other client. A common lock manager is provided for the common name space and common data area. The system also supports second and third name spaces and data areas dedicated to the first and second clients, respectively.

Title
File manager for files shared by heterogeneous clients
Application Number
871204
Publication Number
5535375
Application Date
October 11, 1994
Publication Date
July 9, 1996
Inventor
Frederick A Schwartz
Binghamton
NY, US
Christopher Meyer
Vestal
NY, US
Donald N Jones
Vestal
NY, US
Guerney D H Hunt
Ithaca
NY, US
Marc M Eshel
Tarrytown
NY, US
Agent
Arthur J Samodovitz
Assignee
International Business Machines Corporation
NY, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
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