By Targeted News Service
ALEXANDRIA, Va., Sept. 12 -- Oracle America, Redwood City, Calif. , has been assigned a patent (8,533,663) developed by Mark S. Moir, Windham, N.H., and David Dice, Foxboro, Mass., for a "system and method for utilizing available best effort hardware mechanisms for supporting transactional memory."
The abstract of the patent published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office states: "Systems and methods for managing divergence of best effort transactional support mechanisms in various transactional memory implementations using a portable transaction interface are described. This interface may be implemented by various combinations of best effort hardware features, including none at all. Because the features offered by this interface may be best effort, a default (e.g., software) implementation may always be possible without the need for special hardware support. Software may be written to the interface, and may be executable on a variety of platforms, taking advantage of best effort hardware features included on each one, while not depending on any particular mechanism. Multiple implementations of each operation defined by the interface may be included in one or more portable transaction interface libraries. Systems and/or application software may be written as platform-independent and/or portable, and may call functions of these libraries to implement the operations for a targeted execution environment."
The patent application was filed on Oct. 13, 2008 (12/250,409). The full-text of the patent can be found at http://patft.uspto.gov/netacgi/nph-Parser?Sect1=PTO1&Sect2=HITOFF&d=PALL&p=1&u=%2Fnetahtml%2FPTO%2Fsrchnum.htm&r=1&f=G&l=50&s1=8,533,663.PN.&OS=PN/8,533,663&RS=PN/8,533,663
Written by Kusum Sangma; edited by Anand Kumar.