Patent Number: 6,170,059

Title: Tracking memory modules within a computer system

Abstract: The present invention is directed toward a method, system and computer readable medium (the present invention) for tracking memory modules in a computer system. The present invention includes identifying each of the memory modules based upon identification information added to each of the memory modules by their manufacturer to provide a unique serial number by each of the memory modules; and providing the unique serial number to a display via a browser. The identification information comprises electronically readable information which is preferably stored in an electronically erasable programmable read only memory (EEPROM) and from which the unique serial numbers are generated for identifying the memory modules. One aspect of the present invention further includes comparing the unique serial numbers with corresponding last known serial numbers, wherein a mismatch in the serial numbers indicates that the corresponding memory modules have been replaced. Another aspect of the present invention further includes copying the unique serial numbers to a radio frequency (RF) enabled memory, wherein the unique serial numbers can be logged utilizing an RF reader means. The RF reader may be included in an RF gate and/or a hand held device. Computer systems with Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technology configured in accordance with the present invention enable automated electronic tracking of computer assets such as the memory modules as they pass through the RF gate in or out of a portal.

Inventors: Pruett; Gregory B. (Durham, NC), Kilmer; Gregory W. (Raleigh, NC), Ward; James Peter (Raleigh, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 21/00 (20060101); G06K 19/073 (20060101); G06K 19/07 (20060101); G06K 7/00 (20060101); G06F 011/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018