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Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents

From: Bruce Momjian <pgman(at)candle(dot)pha(dot)pa(dot)us>
To: "Joshua D(dot) Drake" <jd(at)commandprompt(dot)com>
Cc: "Marc G(dot) Fournier" <scrappy(at)postgresql(dot)org>,Josh Berkus <josh(at)agliodbs(dot)com>, pgsql-www(at)postgresql(dot)org,pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org
Subject: Re: [pgsql-advocacy] Software Patents
Date: 2005-04-22 21:26:47
Message-ID: 200504222126.j3MLQlO04554@candle.pha.pa.us (view raw or flat)
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Joshua D. Drake wrote:
> >>We are not building an artificial heart here, we are building a database
> >>and databases have been around for decades.
> > 
> > 
> > Well, ARC seems like a new database idea, at least in the past few
> > years.  Are you saying ARC is either "ridiculous" or has prior art?  I
> > know 2Q is similar, but not identical, and ARC does have some small
> > improvements over it.
> 
> In this case I would say it is both. 2Q should (if not is) be considered
> prior art. Otherwise it would not have been as plug-n-play as it was. 
> Note I am not making light of the work that it took, I couldn't have 
> done it and I am glad that someone else had to.
> 
> Secondly I would say that an ARC patent is ridiculous based on the above
> experience.

ARC is 2Q with the ability to dynamically resize the four cache pools.

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