Ex parte IWASAWA et al. - Page 2




          Appeal No. 1997-1212                                                        
          Application 08/017,839                                                      


                                DECISION ON APPEAL                                    
               This is a decision on appeal under 35 U.S.C.  134 from                
          the final rejection of claims 1-12.  The amendment after                    
          final rejection submitted with the Appeal Brief (Paper                      
          No. 11), which is said by the Examiner to be a duplicate of                 
          the amendment after final (Paper No. 7), has not been                       
          entered as noted in the Examiner's Answer (Paper No. 12,                    
          page 1).                                                                    
               We affirm-in-part.                                                     
                                    BACKGROUND                                        
               The disclosed invention is directed to a                               
          parallelization supporting method.  When the                                
          parallelizability of the program is indeterminable, "a                      
          decision of parallelizability is made by use of assist                      
          information inputted by a user from a terminal 4, or made by                
          actually executing the source program" (specification,                      
          page 7, lines 12-15).                                                       
               Claim 1 is reproduced below.                                           
                    1.  A method for supporting parallelization,                      
               comprising the steps of:                                               
                         receiving data representative of a                           
               predetermined reference condition from an associated                   
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