Patents Assigned to Kickfire, Inc.
  • Publication number: 20100005077
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention generate and optimize query plans that are at least partially executable in hardware. Upon receiving a query, the query is rewritten and optimized with a bias for hardware execution of fragments of the query. A template-based algorithm may be employed for transforming a query into fragments and then into query tasks. The various query tasks can then be routed to either a hardware accelerator, a software module, or sent back to a database management system for execution. For those tasks routed to the hardware accelerator, the query tasks are compiled into machine code database instructions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 7, 2008
    Publication date: January 7, 2010
    Applicant: Kickfire, Inc.
    Inventors: Ravi Krishnamurthy, Chi-Young Ku, James Shau, Chun Zhang, Kapil Surlaker, Jeremy Branscome, Michael Corwin, Joseph I. Chamdani
  • Publication number: 20090319550
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide for batch and incremental loading of data into a database. In the present invention, the loader infrastructure utilizes machine code database instructions and hardware acceleration to parallelize the load operations with the I/O operations. A large, hardware accelerator memory is used as staging cache for the load process. The load process also comprises an index profiling phase that enables balanced partitioning of the created indexes to allow for pipelined load. The online incremental loading process may also be performed while serving queries.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Kickfire, Inc.
    Inventors: James Shau, Krishnan Meiyyappan, Hung Tran, Ravi Krishnamurthy, Kapil Surlaker, Jeremy Branscome, Joseph I. Chamdani
  • Publication number: 20090319486
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide fine grain concurrency control for transactions in the presence of database updates. During operations, each transaction is assigned a snapshot version number or SVN. A SVN refers to a historical snapshot of the database that can be created periodically or on demand. Transactions are thus tied to a particular SVN, such as, when the transaction was created. Queries belonging to the transactions can access data that is consistent as of a point in time, for example, corresponding to the latest SVN when the transaction was created. At various times, data from the database stored in a memory can be updated using the snapshot data corresponding to a SVN. When a transaction is committed, a snapshot of the database with a new SVN is created based on the data modified by the transaction and the snapshot is synchronized to the memory.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 23, 2008
    Publication date: December 24, 2009
    Applicant: Kickfire, Inc.
    Inventors: Kapil Surlaker, Ravi Krishnamurthy, Krishnan Meiyyappan, Alan Beck, Hung Tran, Jeremy Branscome, Joseph I. Chamdani
  • Publication number: 20090254774
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention provide a run-time scheduler that schedules tasks for database queries on one or more execution resources in a dataflow fashion. In some embodiments, the run-time scheduler may comprise a task manager, a memory manager, and hardware resource manager. When a query is received by a host database management system, a query plan is created for that query. The query plan splits a query into various fragments. These fragments are further compiled into a directed acyclic graph of tasks. Unlike conventional scheduling, the dependency arc in the directed acyclic graph is based on page resources. Tasks may comprise machine code that may be executed by hardware to perform portions of the query. These tasks may also be performed in software or relate to I/O.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Kickfire, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph I. Chamdani, Alan Beck, Hareesh Boinepelli, Jim Crowley, Ravi Krishnamurthy, Jeremy Branscome
  • Publication number: 20090250236
    Abstract: The present invention comprises a dual-use form factor for rack mounting equipment. In particular, the form-factor is configured so that it can be both rack-mounted directly or installed within a chassis. In addition, the form-factor may comprise one or more blind-mate connector systems that are suitable for blunt-type connectors, such as PCIe connectors.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2008
    Publication date: October 8, 2009
    Applicant: Kickfire, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael Corwin, Duong Nguyen, Joseph I. Chamdani