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IBM Patents Graphics Rendering on a Network On Chip

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IBM was granted a patent that describes technology that integrates graphics rendering on a network on chip (NOC) device.

IBM filed the patent in February 2008 and got the confirmation after an unusually short time frame. The NOC claimed by IBM includes integrated processor (IP) blocks, routers, memory communications controllers, and a network interface controller. The IP blocks in the patent feature at least one geometry processor, a plurality of scan converters, and a multiple pixel processors.

The description of the graphics capability of the NOC is scarce, but IBM is referring to very basic graphics processing capability throughout the document. According to IBM, claims the rights to a: "method comprising: receiving, in the geometry processor, a representation of an object to be rendered; converting, by the geometry processor, the representation of the object to two dimensional primitives; sending, by the geometry processor, the primitives to the plurality of scan converters; converting, by the scan converters, the primitives to fragments, each fragment comprising one or more portions of a pixel; for each fragment: selecting, by the scan converter for the fragment in dependence upon sorting rules, a pixel processor to process the fragment; sending, by the scan converter to the pixel processor, the fragment; and processing, by the pixel processor, the fragment to produce pixels for an image."

Additional claims include software drivers.

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    killerclick , September 20, 2011 3:14 PM
    I'd like to patent brain upload - a virtual software brain (kind of like a virtual machine but with virtual neurons) hooked up to a converter that translates human brain activity to the virtual format via nano-electrodes.
    Then I'm going to sit and do nothing until someone makes a useful version of my patent and then I'll sue their ass off! Patents rule, yeah!
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    amk09 , September 20, 2011 3:13 PM
    WHAT!!!!! Is this going to do what I think it's going to do? The possibilities are endless!
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    killerclick , September 20, 2011 3:14 PM
    I'd like to patent brain upload - a virtual software brain (kind of like a virtual machine but with virtual neurons) hooked up to a converter that translates human brain activity to the virtual format via nano-electrodes.
    Then I'm going to sit and do nothing until someone makes a useful version of my patent and then I'll sue their ass off! Patents rule, yeah!
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    Cazalan , September 20, 2011 3:18 PM
    Wow. AMD/Intel/NVidia and countless other vendors better shut this patent down quick. That loose definition of a NOC pretty much includes every CPU with embedded video.
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    mattclary , September 20, 2011 3:20 PM
    Network rendering is old hat, just because the network has been shrunk does not make it new or innovative. That's the problem with the patent system, idiots grant patents on obvious stuff.
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    Lord Captivus , September 20, 2011 3:34 PM
    you should only be able to patent something ones you have build it, that would be easier and the world would evolve faster...
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    upgrade_1977 , September 20, 2011 3:35 PM
    I'm trying to understand exactly what this would be useful for.. Would these be for cloud computing so that your home pc doesn't have to do any rendering? Would this make cloud computing or even regular internet surfing safer because your home pc has less code to execute?
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    Gatorbait , September 20, 2011 3:35 PM
    Eraser: Patented. Pencil: Patented. You can not patent Eraser + Pencil. That is all this patent is for: Network processor + Graphics core. Parallel graphics on network processors for cloud graphics processing is not patentable. US PTO is a joke... will issue anything. No different than giving a server a IP address and having it do rendering and sending back the results... just making it dedicated... Another US PTO FAIL... but what do you expect, its government!
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 3:48 PM
    lol wut? another company patenting the concept instead of a product? Just you wait, by 2015 or so all progress will stop because the greedy fools will claw to their copyrights instead of sharing the knowledge and innovating... all for nothing, since you can't take any cash with you into your grave :p 
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    bak0n , September 20, 2011 3:52 PM
    I would like to make a patent on the idea of patents. Has that been done yet?
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 4:05 PM
    Quote:
    I'm trying to understand exactly what this would be useful for.. Would these be for cloud computing so that your home pc doesn't have to do any rendering? Would this make cloud computing or even regular internet surfing safer because your home pc has less code to execute?


    I'm afraid so.
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    back_by_demand , September 20, 2011 8:58 PM
    killerclickI'd like to patent brain upload - a virtual software brain (kind of like a virtual machine but with virtual neurons) hooked up to a converter that translates human brain activity to the virtual format via nano-electrodes.Then I'm going to sit and do nothing until someone makes a useful version of my patent and then I'll sue their ass off! Patents rule, yeah!

    Could you provide us with a technical document showing how that is done, it would be very interesting to see how you manage to overcome the problem of Neurone decay whilst transmitting via Z-particles.
    amk-aka-phantomlol wut? another company patenting the concept instead of a product? Just you wait, by 2015 or so all progress will stop because the greedy fools will claw to their copyrights instead of sharing the knowledge and innovating... all for nothing, since you can't take any cash with you into your grave

    IBM has been the number 1 highest submitter of new patent ideas for the last 17 consecutive years, some of their ideas take decades to reach fruition and some of them are not even for "computers" as such. Almost 5000 last year and a further 4000 that it didn't patent and push out into the world on free license so other people could innovate further without fear of litigation.

    IBM are not patent trolls, which is what you are implying, they actually make things and get this, they don't just buy up patents, they spend big in R&D to get this lot to the tune of $6 billion a year.

    There are things that IBM has made that you don't even know and they are in every persons house, used every day whilst they work, shop, play.
    Magnetic strip, such as on the back of credit cards
    Electonic weighing scales
    Bar codes
    Hard drives
    Transistor memory, the standard for all computer RAM
    The PC/At, the standard for all home PCs
    Laser eye surgery
    UV dental treatment
    Electronic catalogue, for online shopping

    They pretty much invented the 21st century, welcome to IBMs world
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    daneren2005 , September 20, 2011 8:59 PM
    CazalanWow. AMD/Intel/NVidia and countless other vendors better shut this patent down quick. That loose definition of a NOC pretty much includes every CPU with embedded video.

    Luckily IBM isn't a patent troll
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    amk-aka-Phantom , September 20, 2011 9:29 PM
    Quote:
    IBM are not patent trolls, which is what you are implying, they actually make things and get this, they don't just buy up patents, they spend big in R&D to get this lot to the tune of $6 billion a year.

    There are things that IBM has made that you don't even know and they are in every persons house, used every day whilst they work, shop, play.


    I'm not implying that IBM are patent trolls and I don't care about anyone's past accomplishments; what's done is done. What I'm pissed off about is the fact that the article is titled "patented"... can we talk about the invention instead of a patent? :pfff:  Well, at least the article itself somewhat makes sense.
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    gto127 , September 20, 2011 11:39 PM
    I'm thankful for IBM. They help keep us safe with their technology. I spoke with an ex IBM employee years ago & he didn't go into details but said they make tech for govt that are about 10 to 15 years beyond IC's that are widly available & released to public.
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    eddieroolz , September 21, 2011 12:40 AM
    IBM is a respectable corporation so I don't mind this patent so much. They're responsible, unlike the current giants Google and Apple.
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    porksmuggler , September 21, 2011 3:18 AM
    back_by_demandCould you provide us with a technical document showing how that is done, it would be very interesting to see how you manage to overcome the problem of Neurone decay whilst transmitting via Z-particles.


    You need to work on your terminology, but yeah, here you go: http://www.washington.edu/news/articles/proton-based-transistor-could-let-machines-communicate-with-living-things
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    galvinon , September 22, 2011 9:27 AM
    hmm can this network card offload some of the duties of video playback, if so then this could be great for Thin clients :D 
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    galvinon , September 22, 2011 9:27 AM
    hmm can this network card offload some of the duties of video playback, if so then this could be great for Thin clients :D 
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    larkforsure , September 26, 2011 5:44 AM

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