# Ronald M. Smith, Wappingers Falls US

## Ronald M. Smith, Wappingers Falls, NY US

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20080201554 | Optional Function Multi-Function Instruction - A method, system and program product for executing a multi-function instruction in a computer system by specifying, via the multi-function instruction, either a capability query or execution of a selected function of one or more optional functions, wherein the selected function is an installed optional function, wherein the capability query determines which optional functions of the one or more optional functions are installed on the computer system. | 08-21-2008 |

20080201557 | Security Message Authentication Instruction - A method, system and computer program product for computing a message authentication code for data in storage of a computing environment. An instruction specifies a unit of storage for which an authentication code is to be computed. An computing operation computes an authentication code for the unit of storage. A register is used for providing a cryptographic key for use in the computing to the authentication code. Further, the register may be used in a chaining operation. | 08-21-2008 |

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 |

20080229138 | DIRECTLY OBTAINING BY APPLICATION PROGRAMS INFORMATION USABLE IN DETERMINING CLOCK ACCURACY - Information usable in determining the quality of time produced by a clock of a processing environment is obtained. The information is obtained directly by an application program absent use of a supervisor service, such as an operating system or operating system service. The application program invokes an instruction that returns a parameter block that includes the information. | 09-18-2008 |

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 |