Thursday, January 21, 2010

Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | USPTO Grants Google a Patent On MapReduce

From press and public relations perspectives, this probably isn’t ideal timing for Google (via Dave Kellogg)…

"Two years ago, David DeWitt and Michael Stonebraker deemed MapReduce a major step backwards (here are the original paper and a defense of it) that 'represents a specific implementation of well known techniques developed nearly 25 years ago.' A year later, the pair teamed up with other academics and eBay to slam MapReduce again. But the very public complaints didn't stop Google from demanding a patent for MapReduce; nor did it stop the USPTO from granting Google's request (after four rejections). On Tuesday, the USPTO issued U.S. Patent No. 7,650,331 to Google for inventing Efficient Large-Scale Data Processing."

Slashdot Your Rights Online Story | USPTO Grants Google a Patent On MapReduce

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