Patent Number: 6,253,274

Title: Apparatus for a high performance locking facility

Abstract: In a network computing environment having a plurality of central processing units, a high performance locking facility coupled to said plurality of central processing units comprising: a processing means for processing multiple requests for locking operations simultaneously and a lock table for creating entries including lock names and lock states. A high-speed searching mechanism for searching any particular lock entry in the table is also provided, as well as means for altering and modifying said table accordingly depending upon any lock status that is being processed. Finally a response and status generator is provided for providing an appropriate response and status of any lock state to other requestors requesting a particular lock.

Inventors: Boonie; Mark A. (Hopewell Junction, NY), Nick; Jeffrey M. (Fishkill, NY), Sutton; Peter G. (Lagrangeville, NY), Wilkinson; Wendell W. (Hyde Park, NY), Yeh; Phil C. (Poughkeepsie, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 9/46 (20060101); G06F 012/00 (); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 06/26/2018