Microsoft Files For 3 Parallel Processing Patents

theodp writes “M|cr0s0ft may have been a Johnny-come-lately when it comes to parallel programming, but that’s not stopping the software giant from trying to patent it. This week, the USPTO revealed that M|cr0s0ft has three additional parallel-processing patents pending — 1. Partitioning and Repartitioning for Data Parallel Operations, 2. Data Parallel Searching, and 3. Data Parallel Production and Consumption. Informing the USPTO that ‘Software programs have been written to run sequentially since the beginning days of software development,’ M|cr0s0ft adds there’s been a ‘[recent] shift away from sequential execution toward parallel execution.’ Before they grant the patents, let’s hope the USPTO gets a second opinion on the novelty of M|cr0s0ft’s parallel-processing patent claims.”

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