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SubjectRe: Tux 2 patents

Tim,

I forwarded this one to the lawyers.

Thanks

Jeff

Timothy Roscoe wrote:
>
> For what it's worth, the system was called "Jackdaw" and was written by
> Mike Challis. It was in extensive use on the University's MVT/MVS/MVSXA
> mainframe for many years as the database for holding user information. The
> document Alain's got is probably Computer Laboratory Technical Report no. 1
> (yes, One!).
>
> If it isn't, and you need it, see
>
> http://www.ftp.cl.cam.ac.uk/ftp/papers/reports/TR.txt
>
> Jackdaw was phased out when the mainframe was decommissioned about 5 years
> ago. Mike's still around, but I think he's retired.
>
> -- Timothy
>
> At 10:00 PM 10/5/00 +0000, Alain Williams wrote:
> >Hi,
> >
> >I remember when at the University of Cambridge (in England) about 25 years ago
> >seeing some work then about the Jackdaw (or was is Jackard) database system
> >that had the great feature of being immune to OS crashes, it used a phased
> >update mechanism where new blocks were written to disk and the last block
> >written was the one that contained the switched pointer, until this last block
> >had been written the changes had not been made. Since the write of a disk
> >block
> >was atomic the database would never be corrupt.
> >
> >If someone wants I think that I still have a (paper) copy of the report
> >describing
> >this. I can send/fax a copy if wanted.
> >
> >I don't subscribe to this list, so please reply direct if someone wants it.
> >
> >(Please don't request a copy just out of curiosity since I don't want to have
> >to post/fax copies that won't help resolve this case by showing prior art.)
> >
> >Cheers
> >
> >--
> >Alain Williams
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