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Method to minimize the storage required to track the level of software associated with an object, and to quickly determine whether the level of software has been updated since the last time an object was accessed.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013116D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Jun-13
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-13

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention provides a method to minimize the storage required to track the level of software associated with an object, and to quickly determine whether the level of software has been updated since the last time an object was accessed. By maintaining this information, one can reduce the number of times one has to operate on the object based on level of software differences. Additionally, the invention provides a method to maintain this association at a portable/switchable media level, not just at a system level. Therefore, this would reduce the number of times one has to operate on the object based on level of software differences, even when the portable media is moved from system to system.