New patent applications are published on Thursdays. Both of today's Spotlight Applications continue the theme of blockchain (distributed ledger, smart contracts) and digital rights management broadly construed. Assigned to IBM, the first application discloses techniques for privacy-preserving transaction validation mechanisms for smart contracts that are included in a ledger. Assigned to SAP, the second application discloses techniques for a database management system with dynamic allocation of database requests [the blockchain references are in the specification].
20180198630, "System, method, and computer program product for privacy-preserving transaction validation mechanisms for smart contracts that are included in a ledger," assigned to IBM.
The system, method, and computer program product described herein may provide the capability to handle a variety of types of transactions, not just payment transactions. In addition, system, method, and computer program product described herein may provide the capability for users to be able to control the confidentiality of their transactions, for the system to control access to transactions, for the system to be capable of auditing transactions, and to provide accountability of the validating entities.
20180196836, "Database management system with dynamic allocation of database requests," assigned to SAP (DE).
The invention provides for a database management system (100, 400) comprising a container management system (102). The container management system comprises: a container management system memory (106) for storing machine executable instructions (114) and a container management system processor (104). Execution of the machine executable instructions cause the container management system processor to repeatedly: receive (200) multiple database requests (116) via a first network connection (110), wherein each of the multiple database requests comprises metadata descriptive of the multiple database requests; calculate (202) a receiving rate (118) by counting the multiple database requests received in a predetermined duration; calculate (204) a processor count (120) using a predictive model and the receiving rate; determine (206) a number of data containers (122) using the receiving rate and a container memory model, wherein each of the data containers is a block of the container management system memory assigned by continuous address space; request (208) a processor pool from a processor hosting service (306) via a second network connection (112) to satisfy the processor count; allocate (210) data containers (128, 130, 132, 134) equal to the number of the data containers in the container management system memory; transfer (212) the multiple data base requests to the data containers as they are received, wherein each of the multiple data base requests is assigned to a chosen data container selected from the data containers using the metadata; and transfer (214) a filled data container selected from the number of data containers to the processor hosting service via the second network connection, wherein the filled data container is filled with the multiple data requests above a predetermined threshold.