# Phil C. Yeh, Poughkeepsie US

## Phil C. Yeh, Poughkeepsie, NY US

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20080215659 | Round for Reround Mode in a Decimal Floating Point Instruction - a round-far-reround mode (preferably in a BID encoded Decimal format) of a floating point instruction prepares a result for later rounding to a variable number of digits by detecting that the least significant digit may be a 0, and if so changing it to 1 when the trailing digits are not all 0. A subsequent reround instruction is then able to round the result to any number of digits at least 2 fewer than the number of digits of the result. An optional embodiment saves a tag indicating the fact that the low order digit of the result is 0 or 5 if the trailing bits are non-zero in a tag field rather than modify the result. Another optional embodiment also saves a half-way-and-above indicator when the trailing digits represent a decimal with a most significant digit having a value of 5. An optional subsequent rewound instruction is able to round the result to any number of digits fewer or equal, to the number of digits of the result using the saved tags. | 09-04-2008 |

20080270495 | INSERT/EXTRACT BIASED EXPONENT OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including an insert biased exponent or extract biased exponent instruction. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270496 | COMPOSITION/DECOMPOSITION OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270497 | CONVERT SIGNIFICAND OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA TO/FROM PACKED DECIMAL FORMAT - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including one or more convert instructions. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270498 | CONVERT SIGNIFICAND OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA TO PACKED DECIMAL FORMAT - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including one or more convert instructions. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270499 | DECOMPOSITION OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270500 | COMPOSITION OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA, AND METHODS THEREFOR - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270506 | CONVERT SIGNIFICAND OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA FROM PACKED DECIMAL FORMAT - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including one or more convert instructions. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270507 | DECOMPOSITION OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA, AND METHODS THEREFOR - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270508 | DETECTION OF POTENTIAL NEED TO USE A LARGER DATA FORMAT IN PERFORMING FLOATING POINT OPERATIONS - Detection of whether a result of a floating point operation is safe. Characteristics of the result are examined to determine whether the result is safe or potentially unsafe, as defined by the user. An instruction is provided to facilitate detection of safe or potentially unsafe results. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270509 | EXTRACT BIASED EXPONENT OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including an insert biased exponent or extract biased exponent instruction. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270756 | SHIFT SIGNIFICAND OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including a shift significand instruction. | 10-30-2008 |

20080270775 | MANAGEMENT OF EXCEPTIONS AND HARDWARE INTERRUPTIONS BY AN EXCEPTION SIMULATOR - Exception handling is simulated. An exception simulator is employed to simulate exceptions generated from routines simulating operations. The exception simulator provides an indication of the exception and invokes an interruption, when appropriate. The exception simulator includes an instruction invoked to handle the exception and any interruption. | 10-30-2008 |

20100088444 | CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT MEASUREMENT FACILITY - A measurement sampling facility takes snapshots of the central processing unit (CPU) on which it is executing at specified sampling intervals to collect data relating to tasks executing on the CPU. The collected data is stored in a buffer, and at selected times, an interrupt is provided to remove data from the buffer to enable reuse thereof. The interrupt is not taken after each sample, but in sufficient time to remove the data and minimize data loss. | 04-08-2010 |

20100088771 | VIRTUALIZATION OF A CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT MEASUREMENT FACILITY - A central processing unit measurement facility is virtualized in order to support concurrent use of the facility by multiple guests executing within a virtual environment. Each guest of the environment has independent control over disablement/enablement of the facility for that guest. | 04-08-2010 |

20100223612 | VIRTUALIZATION OF STORAGE BUFFERS USED BY ASYNCHRONOUS PROCESSES - The amount of host real storage provided to a large guest storage buffer is controlled. This control is transparent to the guest that owns the buffer and is executing an asynchronous process to update the buffer. The control uses one or more indicators to determine when additional host real storage is to be provided. | 09-02-2010 |

20110029758 | CENTRAL PROCESSING UNIT MEASUREMENT FACILITY - A measurement sampling facility takes snapshots of the central processing unit (CPU) on which it is executing at specified sampling intervals to collect data relating to tasks executing on the CPU. The collected data is stored in a buffer, and at selected times, an interrupt is provided to remove data from the buffer to enable reuse thereof. The interrupt is not taken after each sample, but in sufficient time to remove the data and minimize data loss. | 02-03-2011 |

20110051930 | VIRTUALIZATION OF CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEYS - A cryptographic key is virtualized to provide a virtual cryptographic key. To virtualize the key, an operation, such as an exclusive OR operation, is used with the key and a mask. The virtual key is usable by a guest of a virtual environment in cryptographic operations. | 03-03-2011 |

20110055560 | CONVERSION OF CRYPTOGRAPHIC KEY PROTECTION - Protection of cryptographic keys is converted between one level of security and another level of security. The one level of security is different from the another level of security, and the another level of security includes the components of the one level of security. | 03-03-2011 |

20110078419 | SET PROGRAM PARAMETER INSTRUCTION - A measurement sampling facility takes snapshots of the central processing unit (CPU) on which it is executing at specified sampling intervals to collect data relating to tasks executing on the CPU. The collected data is stored in a buffer, and at selected times, an interrupt is provided to remove data from the buffer to enable reuse thereof. The interrupt is not taken after each sample, but in sufficient time to remove the data and minimize data loss. | 03-31-2011 |

20110154298 | COLLECTING COMPUTER PROCESSOR INSTRUMENTATION DATA - A system and method for collecting instrumentation data in a processor with a pipelined instruction execution stages arranged in an out-of-order execution architecture. One instruction group in a Global Completion Table is marked as a tagged group. Instrumentation data is stored for processing stages processing instructions associated with the tagged group. Sample signal pulses trigger a determination of whether the tagged group is the next-to-complete instruction group. When the sample pulse occurs at a time when the tagged group is the next-to-complete group, the instrumentation data is written as an output. Instrumentation data present during sample pulses that occur when the tagged group is not the next-to-complete group is optionally discarded. Sample pulses are generated at a rate equal to the desired sample rate times the number of groups in the global completion table to better ensure occurrence of a next-to-complete tagged group. | 06-23-2011 |

20110213818 | SHIFT SIGNIFICAND OF DECIMAL FLOATING POINT DATA - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. For composition and decomposition, one or more instructions may be employed, including a shift significand instruction. | 09-01-2011 |

20110214042 | DETECTION OF POTENTIAL NEED TO USE A LARGER DATA FORMAT IN PERFORMING FLOATING POINT OPERATIONS - Detection of whether a result of a floating point operation is safe. Characteristics of the result are examined to determine whether the result is safe or potentially unsafe, as defined by the user. An instruction is provided to facilitate detection of safe or potentially unsafe results. | 09-01-2011 |

20110296229 | DECIMAL FLOATING-POINTING QUANTUM EXCEPTION DETECTION - A system and method for detecting decimal floating point data processing exceptions. A processor accepts at least one decimal floating point operand and performs a decimal floating point operation on the at least one decimal floating point operand to produce a decimal floating point result. A determination is made as to whether the decimal floating point result fails to maintain a preferred quantum. The preferred quantum indicates a value represented by a least significant digit of a significand of the decimal floating point result. An output is provided, in response to the determining that the decimal floating point result fails to maintain the preferred quantum, indicating an occurrence of a quantum exception. A maskable exception can be generated that is immediately trapped or later detected to control conditional processing. | 12-01-2011 |

20120047190 | Composition of Decimal Floating Point Data - A decimal floating point finite number in a decimal floating point format is composed from the number in a different format. A decimal floating point format includes fields to hold information relating to the sign, exponent and significand of the decimal floating point finite number. Other decimal floating point data, including infinities and NaNs (not a number), are also composed. Decimal floating point data are also decomposed from the decimal floating point format to a different format. | 02-23-2012 |

20120089816 | QUERY SAMPLING INFORMATION INSTRUCTION - A measurement sampling facility takes snapshots of the central processing unit (CPU) on which it is executing at specified sampling intervals to collect data relating to tasks executing on the CPU. The collected data is stored in a buffer, and at selected times, an interrupt is provided to remove data from the buffer to enable reuse thereof. The interrupt is not taken after each sample, but in sufficient time to remove the data and minimize data loss. | 04-12-2012 |

20120198453 | VIRTUALIZATION OF STORAGE BUFFERS USED BY ASYNCHRONOUS PROCESSES - The amount of host real storage provided to a large guest storage buffer is controlled. This control is transparent to the guest that owns the buffer and is executing an asynchronous process to update the buffer. The control uses one or more indicators to determine when additional host real storage is to be provided. | 08-02-2012 |

20120278374 | Decimal Floating-Point Quantum Exception Detection - A system and method for detecting decimal floating point data processing exceptions. A processor accepts at least one decimal floating point operand and performs a decimal floating point operation on the at least one decimal floating point operand to produce a decimal floating point result. A determination is made as to whether the decimal floating point result fails to maintain a preferred quantum. The preferred quantum indicates a value represented by a least significant digit of a significand of the decimal floating point result. An output is provided, in response to the determining that the decimal floating point result fails to maintain the preferred quantum, indicating an occurrence of a quantum exception. A maskable exception can be generated that is immediately trapped or later detected to control conditional processing. | 11-01-2012 |