Ok, I made that last part up. But it’s only .2 degrees more ludicrous than what IBM
was actually granted a patent for has applied for a patent on.
Ian Foster points to a smelly piece of patent action by IBM, and says really all that needs to be said:
We all know that the US patent system has its weaknesses: that every now and then, people get granted patents for things that are either well known or obvious.
…IBM has finally gotten around to applying for a patent on grid computing. For example:
a computer-implemented method of providing access to grid computing resources available to a plurality of users comprises receiving, from a requesting entity, a request to use a specific grid computing resource to perform a defined function; and routing the request to the specific grid computing resource in accordance with the request.
It’s not April, but I still read the patent
grant application. Ian’s not fooling us.