Ex parte KATO et al. - Page 8

          Appeal No. 96-0950                                                          
          Application No. 07/727,932                                                  

          control of each processor coact in parallel with data processing            
          in each processor so that there is no waste of processing power.            
          Column 5, lines 13-22.  Katzman’s concern with wasting processing           
          power does not encourage adding capacity in each processor for              
          determining an order of transfer when the determination can be              
          made centrally as disclosed.                                                
               When viewed as a whole, the cited prior art did not suggest            
          a data gathering system having transfer control means for (1)               
          checking a number of data on a data bus and (2) determining an              
          order of transfer by the respective transmitting processor of               
          said plurality of transmitting processors.  Therefore, we do not            
          sustain the rejection of Claims 1-6 and 11-13 under 35 U.S.C.               
           103 as unpatentable over Quinquis and Katzman.                            
          Claims 7 and 9                                                              
               Claims 7 and 9 recite a data scattering system in which                
          reception processors each comprise reception control means for              
          selecting some of the data to be received from among all of the             
          data broadcast by a transmitting processor.  The selection is               
          made in accordance with a predetermined reception count.  Prior             
          to any data transmission, an AND means receives ready signal from           
          all of the reception processors and outputs a send signal back to           


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