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[TH] IBM Files Patent For GPU-Accelerated Databases

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Instead of traditional disk-based queries and an approach that slows performance via memory latencies and processors waiting for data to be fetched from the memory, IBM envisions in-GPU-memory tables as technology that could, in addition to disk tables, significantly accelerate database processing. According to a patent filed by the company, "GPU enabled programs are well suited to problems that involve data-parallel computations where the same program is executed on different data with high arithmetic intensity."
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Interesting concept. A properly parallelized database engine could revolutionize the database world. I know we could use something like this at work where our servers use a ton of database calls to render vector maps for GIS.
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no to the patent, it should not be allowed.
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How the hell can something this obvious be patented. It makes me so mad
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Taking an apple approach to patenting things that should be available to all who use them.

Great IBM...
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Wow... Patents in my eyes was for PRODUCTS you made, not for existing products way of usage.
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Wow... Patents in my eyes was for PRODUCTS you made, not for existing products way of usage.
Which is why our Patent Office needs a HUGE overhaul and reform.
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I bet the folks at the patent office are fed up with life. Passing anything that comes their way to avoid conflict Like the bullies on the playground, they will get revenge. Or they won't. Thank you US government, for passing a law that drastically reduces the amount of time required to have a patent granted, then letting almost everything through. Oh, and we're in debt up to our eyeballs. And our internet trails most of the world. Proud to be an American.
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best part is people will try and tell you that patents don't impede progress
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best part is people will try and tell you that patents don't impede progress
Honestly, it is a double edged sword. When you are granted a patent for your invention, that guarantees you a time frame where you benefit from licensing fees and royalties to not only compensate R&D and manufacturing expenses, but to generate profit as well. Without any sort of patent system, you are dependent on the goodwill of your competitors to not rip off your invention inside out.

The problems with our current patent system however are a lack of clear guidelines of what actually qualifies as a patent deserving design or invention as opposed to the expected evolution of innovation and design and a large enough group of people who are actually trained to properly interpret the guidelines and this often involves a high level of knowledge and understanding for the the industry the patent pending design or invention falls under.
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Don't they already have something like this? I'm pretty sure there's a place that allows you to "rent" a GPU-farm for rendering, processing, or whatever.
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