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Ring Code

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000065368D
Original Publication Date: 1985-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-19

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Authors:
Smoley, DJ Sponsler, MJ Stauffer, JH [+details]

Abstract

The ring code identifies circular hubs for process tracking. Each code is made up of a start stripe, a start space, 16 stripe/space positions, a stop space, and a man-readable number. The 16 stripe/space positions (bits) are used to formulate a binary code to identify each hub. Sixteen bits gives a maximum of 65,536 individual identifying numbers. The 16 bits are adjacent, so that adjacent stripes or spaces appear as one stripe or space, wider than single stripes or spaces. Each of the stripes/spaces are concentric circles. The least significant bit is the outermost ring in the ring code area. A corresponding hexadecimal number is provided for human interpretation of the identifier. This number ranges from 0001 to FFFF.