06308163 is referenced by 180 patents and cites 14 patents.

A method and a system for providing resource management in workflow processing of an enterprise include a multi-level resource manager hierarchy. An upper level includes at least one resource manager having data that represents an enterprise-wide view of resource capabilities. A subordinate second level of resource managers provides partial views of the resource capabilities of the enterprise. These partial views may be based upon organizational or physical boundaries. At a lowermost level of resource managers are local resource managers (LRMs) that include data to track individual resources. Above this lowermost level, the resource managers in the hierarchy track the resources based upon types of resources. Thus, a second level resource manager is configured to be aware of availability of a resource type, but not the availability of an individual resource. Also above the lowermost level, the resource managers are configured to exchange requests for the resources using a number of different messages. A Plead message is used to send a request to a higher level manager. On the other hand, a Delegate message is used to send a request to a lower level manager. A Refer message allows a request to be sent horizontally. Report messages are sent among resource managers to allow updates of cache entries regarding capabilities of other resource managers.

Title
System and method for enterprise workflow resource management
Application Number
9/270885
Publication Number
6308163 (B1)
Application Date
March 16, 1999
Publication Date
October 23, 2001
Inventor
Ming Chien Shan
Saratoga
CA, US
James W Davis
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Weimin Du
San Jose
CA, US
Assignee
Hewlett Packard Company
CA, US
IPC
G06F 17/60
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