Amazon Patents

Amazon.com, Inc. sells electronics, books, media and other general merchandise through its websites. The company also manufactures and sells electronic devices, including its Kindle e-Readers, Fire tablets and Fire phones. The company also provides services to developers and enterprises through Amazon Web Services, which offers computing, storage, database, analytics and deployment services.

Amazon Patents by Type

  • Amazon Patents Granted: Amazon patents that have been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Amazon Patent Applications: Amazon patent applications that are pending before the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
  • Publication number: 20180173774
    Abstract: History for data objects may be maintained to detect data events. An indication of an Extract, Transform, Load (ETL) process applied to one or more source data objects to generate one or more transformed data objects may be received. History for the source data objects may be updated to include the transformed data objects and the ETL process that generated the transformed data objects. An evaluation of the update may be performed to determine whether an event associated with the data lineage is triggered. If the event is triggered, a notification of the event may be sent to one or more subscribers for the event.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 20, 2016
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: GEORGE STEVEN MCPHERSON, MEHUL A. SHAH, PRAJAKTA DATTA DAMLE, GOPINATH DUDDI, ANURAG WINDLASS GUPTA
  • Publication number: 20180174226
    Abstract: Processes for receiving, packaging and/or processing orders for items offered by an electronic marketplace are described, including methods whereby certain products of interest may be identified and subjected to alternative inbound and/or outbound processing that omit certain steps used in similar processes. A first inbound process may include steps related to shelving, or otherwise storing, received products, prior to packaging such products for mailing and delivery to consumers. In some examples, a second inbound process may omit one or more of the shelving/storing steps from the first inbound process, and pre-package the received product for mailing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2013
    Publication date: June 21, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Jong Hwa Yoon
  • Patent number: 10003597
    Abstract: In an environment such as a cloud computing environment where various guests can be provisioned on a host machine or other hardware device, it can be desirable to prevent those users from rebooting or otherwise restarting the machine or other resources using unauthorized information or images that can be obtained from across the network. A cloud manager can cause one or more network switches or other routing or communication processing components to deny communication access between user-accessible ports on a machine or device and the provisioning systems, or other specific network resources, such that the user cannot cause the host machine to pull information from those resources upon a restart or reboot of the machine. Further, various actions can be taken upon a reboot or attempted reboot, such as to isolate the host machine or even power off the specific machine.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 12, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Matthew T. Corddry, Michael David Marr, James R. Hamilton, Peter N. DeSantis
  • Patent number: 10004157
    Abstract: A Mobile Soft Duct System includes a soft duct that can be extended and retracted along a track to deliver an air supply to various locations. A vent attached to a part of the soft duct system can include a flow control element that can be adjusted to direct air to a target location. Managing a soft duct system can include monitoring an environment to detect temperature hotspots and configuring the soft duct system, in response to detection of a hotspot at a particular location, to deliver air to the particular location to mitigate the hotspot. Configuring the soft duct system can include extending the soft duct along the track and adjusting a flow control element in a vent to direct air to the particular location. Soft duct system management can be implemented by one or more computer systems.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 5, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Brock Robert Gardner
  • Patent number: 10003584
    Abstract: Data is durably backed up for a limited amount of time. The data may be encrypted under a key and the key may be encrypted under a backup key. The backup key has a limited lifetime at the end of which the backup key is destroyed. After the backup key is destroyed, recoverability of the data depends on whether the key was deleted. In some examples, the data is a set of cryptographic keys.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gregory Branchek Roth, Gregory Alan Rubin
  • Patent number: 10003631
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for an experience service. An experience service determines if a client device requesting a network page is to receive a modified user experience. Transformation code corresponding to the user experience is communicated to the client device. The client device executes the transformation code to modify a rendering of the requested network page.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Haroldo Jose Level, Yonnas Getahun Beyene, Jonathan Michael Cohen
  • Patent number: 10001825
    Abstract: A system for performing computing operations in a data center includes one or more sets of computer systems, one or more primary power systems, and a reserve power system. The primary power systems include at least one power distribution unit that supplies power to at least one of the sets of computer systems. The reserve power system automatically supplies power to at least one of the sets of computer systems if a condition is met (such as a failure of the primary power system).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 20, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Osvaldo P. Morales, James R. Hamilton
  • Patent number: 10001402
    Abstract: Inventory locations such as shelves in a materials handling facility may be used to store items of various shapes and sizes. Described is a modular item stowage system with hardware that incorporates several components that may be readily reconfigured to accommodate changes in store layout, product presentation, and so forth. The components may include one or more of an instrumented auto-facing unit, divider, spacer, and so forth. The hardware may also support onboard electronics such as sensors to acquire sensor data and computing devices to process the sensor data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 19, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Benjamin Jozef Gyori, Ismael Medrano, Alexander Michael Frenkel, Punit Narendra Java
  • Patent number: 10001640
    Abstract: A pixel-based display device, such as an electrowetting display, includes an array of routing dummy pixels that are electrically interconnected in series, forming a conductive routing trace through the pixel area. Within the routing dummy pixel substrate, a source-drain metal layer is electrically isolated from a gate metal layer. A source metal interconnect between the source-drain metal layers of vertically adjacent routing dummy pixels electrically connects the vertically adjacent routing dummy pixels in series. The routing trace conducts a common voltage from a power supply to a common connector pad, facilitating relocation of the pad from the bottom to the top of the display. The pad and the source-drain and reflector metal layers of the routing dummy pixels have the same electric potential, ensuring that the routing dummy pixels remain in an “off” state and appear black throughout operation of the display device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Abhishek Kumar, Toru Sakai
  • Patent number: 10000284
    Abstract: The disclosed unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) includes a buoyant airbag, a drive unit, a retention feature, and an onboard control module that can be configured to cause the drive unit to displace the UAV, cause the retention feature to retain one or more items for transport, and receive instructions to transfer items from one location to another. For example, a UAV can be controlled to obtain an item at one location in a warehouse such as a first floor, lift said item to a second location in the warehouse such as a second floor, and deposit the item at the second location.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 26, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Oliver Christoph Purwin, Andrew Stubbs
  • Patent number: 10002177
    Abstract: Techniques are described for employing a crowdsourcing framework to analyze data related to the performance or operations of computing systems, or to analyze other types of data. A question is analyzed to determine data that is relevant to the question. The relevant data may be decontextualized to remove or alter contextual information included in the data, such as sensitive, personal, or business-related data. The question and the decontextualized data may then be presented to workers in a crowdsourcing framework, and the workers may determine an answer to the question based on an analysis or an examination of the decontextualized data. The answers may be combined, correlated, or otherwise processed to determine a processed answer to the question.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 16, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Jon Arron McClintock, George Nikolaos Stathakopoulos, Dominique Imjya Brezinski
  • Patent number: 10001639
    Abstract: An electrowetting display comprises a support plate on which individual electrowetting pixels separated from one another by pixel walls are formed. Pixel walls including different layers are disposed on the first support plate and separate adjacent pixel regions from each other. The first layer of a pixel wall comprises a first material having a first color and a second layer of the pixel wall comprises a second material having a second color that is different from the first color. Instead of using black matrix to reduce photo crosstalk, the pixel walls of the different layers absorb light colors that are not intended to reach the respective pixels. A fluid is disposed between the first support plate and a second support plate and at least partially surrounds the first wall and the second wall.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 11, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tulasi Sridhar Reddy Guntaka, Karel Johannes Gerhardus Hinnen, Gor Manukyan
  • Patent number: 10001933
    Abstract: A host device can offload certain copy operations to an I/O adapter device coupled to the host device. The I/O adapter device can perform a copy operation to copy data from a source storage volume to a destination storage volume. The source storage volume and the destination storage volume can be local or remote to the I/O adapter device. The copy operations can be performed for replica creation, online migration or for copy-on-write snapshots.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 23, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert Michael Johnson
  • Patent number: 10001838
    Abstract: A user can emulate touch screen events with motions and gestures that the user performs at a distance from a computing device. A user can utilize specific gestures, such as a pinch gesture, to designate portions of motion that are to be interpreted as input, to differentiate from other portions of the motion. A user can then perform actions such as text input by performing motions with the pinch gesture that correspond to words or other selections recognized by a text input program. A camera-based detection approach can be used to recognize the location of features performing the motions and gestures, such as a hand, finger, and/or thumb of the user.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 5, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kenneth M. Karakotsios, Dong Zhou
  • Patent number: 10002013
    Abstract: Techniques are described for facilitating sharing and reuse of executable software images between multiple execution environments. In at least some situations, the executable software images are virtual machine images (e.g., images that are bootable or otherwise loadable by a virtual machine in a particular virtualization environment, and that each include operating system software and/or software for one or more application programs, optionally along with one or more hard disks or other representations of stored data). The described techniques may include use of an image conversion tool that is configured to support interactions with multiple distinct types of source execution environments to extract executable software images from those environments, and to modify extracted software images for execution in one or more distinct types of destination execution environments, optionally as directed by one or more users via a GUI provided by the image conversion tool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 5, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Avichai M. Lissack, Bashuman Deb
  • Patent number: 10001638
    Abstract: An electrowetting display device includes first and second barrier layers which cover first and second electrodes. The electrowetting display device includes a first base substrate which faces a second base substrate, the first electrode on the first base substrate, the first barrier layer which covers the first electrode, the second electrode on the second base substrate, the second barrier layer which covers the second electrode, a barrier wall between the first base substrate and the second base substrate, and an electrowetting layer between the first base substrate and the second base substrate. The barrier wall defines a pixel area corresponding to the first electrode, and the electrowetting layer is in the pixel area. The electrowetting layer includes a polar fluid and a non-polar fluid which are separated from each other.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Tae Woo Lim, Keunkyu Song, Jihoon Yang, Tae Hyung Hwang
  • Patent number: 10002001
    Abstract: The embodiments herein allow importation of a disk image (real or virtual) into a compute service environment. Any imported disk image can be reconfigured into a geometry compatible with the compute service environment into which it is imported. The reconfiguration can be accomplished through modifying the C, H, and S address values in the master boot record in order to match the virtualized disk environment.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 19, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Christopher Ian Hendrie, Bashuman Deb, Paul John Tillotson
  • Patent number: 10001637
    Abstract: An electrowetting display device and manufacturing method thereof. The manufacturing method comprises forming pixel electrodes on a substrate, forming an insulation layer on the pixel electrodes, applying light through a mask to expose portions of the insulation layer, developing the insulation layer to at least partially remove the exposed portions of the insulation layer, wherein the developing forms a water repellent layer on the pixel electrodes and partitioning walls on the water repellent layer, and forming an oil layer between the partitioning walls and on the water repellent layer. The water repellent layer and the sides of the partitioning walls are hydrophobic. Upper surfaces of the partitioning walls are hydrophilic. The partition walls are thicker than the water repellent layer.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 12, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventors: Kyung Tea Park, Suk-Won Jung
  • Patent number: 10002355
    Abstract: Disclosed are various embodiments for facilitating a payment to an owner of a media file for enabling the consumption of the media file. In one embodiment, a jukebox service transmits a plurality of media files to a plurality of users for consumption, wherein the media files are served up from a plurality of cloud drives associated with the users. A license service determines whether the consumption comprises at least one of a download, a purchase and an execution of the media files. Then, the license service facilitates a payment to the owner of the media files if a payment is owed to the owner. In one embodiment, the payment owed to the owner may be based on the type of consumption of the media files.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Scott Dixon
  • Patent number: 10002115
    Abstract: Technologies for performing hybrid rendering of web pages are described in which some web page resources are rendered by a server to create processed layers (e.g., composited layers) and other web page resources are left in a format that can be locally rendered at the client. For example, a server can split web page resources into a first part and a second part. The first part can be rendered down to processed layers and placeholder layers can be created representing the second part. The processed layers, the placeholder layers, and the second part of the web page resources can be sent to the client. The client can render the second part of the web page resources and merge them with the processed layers. The client can display the web page using the merged layers. The client can update the web page by locally re-rendering the second part of the web page resources.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 29, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Andrew Killian, Nikhil Dinkar Joshi, Rohit Krishna Kumar, Dhruva Lakshmana Rao Batni
  • Patent number: 10002342
    Abstract: This disclosure describes a system and method for utilizing an automated aerial vehicle for determining the content of items included in bins within a materials handling facility. In some implementations, the automated aerial vehicle may fly along a flight path past one or more bins and capture images of those bins. The images may be processed to determine the content of the bins, and other images of areas outside of the bins may also be processed (e.g., for detecting items on floors, security issues, etc.). The flight path for the automated aerial vehicle may be determined and/or modified based on various parameters (e.g., to most efficiently capture the images of the bins, to temporarily avoid areas with obstacles, etc.).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Matti Juhani Oikarinen
  • Patent number: 10002026
    Abstract: A system for providing low-latency computational capacity from a virtual compute fleet is provided. The system may be configured to maintain a plurality of virtual machine instances on one or more physical computing devices, wherein the plurality of virtual machine instances comprises a first pool comprising a first sub-pool of virtual machine instances and a second sub-pool of virtual machine instances, and a second pool comprising virtual machine instances used for executing one or more program codes thereon. The first sub-pool and/or the second sub-pool may be associated with one or more users of the system. The system may be further configured to process code execution requests and execute program codes on the virtual machine instances of the first or second sub-pool.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 21, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Timothy Allen Wagner
  • Patent number: 10002247
    Abstract: A software image associated with a first customer of a computing resource service provider and criteria for identifying an event is received, the software image comprising a set of layers. The set of layers is stored in a first data store to form a stored set of layers, the first data store being physically located in a first region. The set of layers is copied to a second data store to form a copied set of layers, the second data store being physically located in a second region different from the first region. The copied set of layers is launched as a container executing in an instance that is physically located in the second region, and, as a result of identifying an occurrence of the event, the container is caused to be unavailable to an entity associated with the instance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 18, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Anthony Joseph Suarez, Scott Kerns Windsor, Nare Hayrapetyan, Daniel Robert Gerdesmeier, Pooja Kalpana Prakash
  • Patent number: 10002011
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for centralized networking configuration in distributed systems are disclosed. Networking related metrics from a plurality of sources within a distributed system are obtained at a networking configuration server. A set of rules to be used to apply a network configuration option to a particular category of traffic associated with a node of the distributed system is determined based on the collected metrics and on networking management policies. A representation of the set of rules is transmitted to the node of the distributed system to schedule network transmissions in accordance with the networking configuration option.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 4, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Avichai Mendle Lissack
  • Patent number: 10002363
    Abstract: Disclosed are embodiments configured to detect a quorum of peers in a peer to peer network. In one embodiment, a first peer receives a message originating in a second peer, where the message includes a peer identifier. The peer identifier is stored in quorum detection data in response to determining that the peer identifier is not already present in the quorum detection data. A quorum of the peers is detected based at least in part on the quorum detection data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 31, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Elmore Eugene Pope, Christopher L. Scofield, Bradley E. Marshall, Eric B. Merritt
  • Patent number: 10002348
    Abstract: A payment routing and processing platform is configured to collect various attributes for use in identifying an optimal payment processor for a particular payment transaction message. For example, the payment routing and processing platform might identify business attributes, endpoint attributes, customer and transaction attributes, payment method attributes, system attributes, and/or other types of attributes. The payment routing and processing platform might then utilize some or all of the identified attributes to select an endpoint for processing a payment transaction message. The payment routing and processing platform might also utilize some or all of the identified attributes to identify and perform other types of processing of financial transactions. Machine learning techniques might also be utilized to improve the performance of the payment routing and processing platform.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 24, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Dennis Scott Doctor, Chelsea Celest Krueger, Tushaar Sethi
  • Patent number: 10003691
    Abstract: Technologies are disclosed for providing an onboarding service within a service provider network for on-demand creation of a contact center. Information associated with an account of a user at the service provider network is utilized to begin creating the contact center. Based upon input from the user, a directory of authorized users and storage for the contact center are created using services available within the service provider network. Encryption keys are created for encrypting customer call recordings and customer phone numbers in the storage. An initial user for handling calls is specified and a call queue is created. A routing profile is created to route calls from the call queue to the initial user. Available phone numbers are provided to the user for the selection of a phone number for accessing the contact center. One this data has been specified, the contact center can be activated for use.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 19, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Saket Agarwa, Pasquale DeMaio, Joseph Daniel Sullivan, Jon Russell Jay
  • Patent number: 10002611
    Abstract: Systems, devices, and techniques may provide asynchronous audio messaging. Asynchronous audio messaging may enable a user to quickly and easily create and transmit a message to a recipient. The user may simply record a message for a recipient. The message may include an indication of the recipient of the message, an action (e.g., to send a message, etc.) and/or other types of information. A messaging module may modify the message to create a modified version of the message and then generate an additional version of the modified message in a different media type. The modified message and the addition version of the modified message may be transmitted to the recipient. In some embodiments, the messaging module may transmit other information such as location information, an expiration, or other information derived from the message to enhance the message.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 15, 2013
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Marcello Typrin
  • Patent number: 10002358
    Abstract: Architectures and techniques are described related to identifying merchants associated with information obtained from a number of sources and storing portions of the information in data elements related to the merchants. The information may be provided in a structured format that enables the service provider to associate certain information with a particular merchant or in an unstructured format. The service provider may analyze the information received from the sources to determine whether the information includes any merchant identifying information. When the service provider identifies a merchant based on the merchant identifying information, the service provider may extract additional portions of the information received (e.g. merchant reviews, merchant attributes, etc.) and store those additional portions of information in the data element of the merchant.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 27, 2011
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Michael M. George, Gustavo E. Lopez, Bharathi Masilamani
  • Patent number: 10003515
    Abstract: Provided are systems and methods for network visibility monitoring. In some implementation, provided is an integrated circuit. The integrated circuit may include a large-flow detection logic operable to determine whether a packet is associated with a large packet flow or a small packet flow, a large-flow caching logic operable to store information about packet flows, a sampling logic operable to sample packets, and a unique-flow estimation logic. The integrated circuit may be operable to receive packets from a network during a pre-determined interval, The integrated circuit may further determine an estimate of the number of unique flows represented by the packets, identify large packet flows by identifying packets associated with the large packet flows, store information about the large packet flows, determine packets associated with small packet flows, and sample the packets determined to be associated with the small packet flows to create packet samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Raymond Scott Whiteside, Thomas A. Volpe, Declan Sean Conlon
  • Patent number: 10002375
    Abstract: Users of an electronic marketplace may be provided with an interface to suggest associating one or more tag identifiers, such as a hashtag identifier, with items that are offered for sale. Records associating the suggested tag identifiers and items for sale may be stored, and searched by other users, in order to provide purchase recommendations, which may not otherwise be available using product-descriptive searches. For example, tag identifiers may be used to associate products and/or services with events, such as a particular birthday or anniversary, and users can easily search for items based on intuitive tag identifiers, such as #8thbirthday, #10thanniversary, #firsttimedad, etc. The associations between the items and the tag identifiers may be dynamically updated based on various factors.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 10, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: James Wallace Scythes, Rhys Brooks Trammell, Melissa Naarden Burdick, Chrystal Kalini Stansell, Jeremiah Lee Morgan, Alexander Martin Chamas
  • Patent number: 10003467
    Abstract: A computing device includes a processor and a persistent memory for storing information about a first public key associated with a first asymmetric key pair for authenticating the source of a digital certificate. The computing device also includes a second memory for storing one or more current certificate version indicators, each associated with a corresponding digital certificate, and the version indicator is used by the processor to determine the trust of the corresponding digital certificate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Derek Del Miller, Nachiketh Rao Potlapally, Rahul Gautam Patel
  • Patent number: 10002373
    Abstract: This disclosure relates to systems and methods for preloading content on a user device before a user requests the content from a web service provider. The preloaded content may be selected based, at least in part, upon the user's browsing and purchasing history. The web service provider may preload the content to minimize user idle time when interfacing with a web site. The web service provider may determine when to send the preloaded content based, at least in part, on when the user device is likely to connect to the network and/or when the user is likely to use the device to interface with the web service provider.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 14, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Edwin Voskamp
  • Patent number: 10003550
    Abstract: An apparatus comprising a method for allocating shared processing resources, comprising the steps of (A) predicting a first amount of processing resources needed to complete each of a plurality of transcoding jobs in a work queue of a project, (B) determining a second amount of processing resources available prior to processing the project and (C) adding processing resources needed to complete the project. The processing resources are added in a fixed number of predetermined processing units. The fixed number of computer resources are added (a) to minimize an overall use of said processing resources needed to complete the project and (b) to complete the project within a target time.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 14, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies
    Inventors: Trevor Babcock, Dustin Encelewski
  • Patent number: 10002377
    Abstract: Techniques for detecting dimensions of an object from a three dimensional (3D) image may be provided. Dimensions of an object may be determined based upon a received 3D image and calibration information for calibrating a dimension related to the 3D image. The calibration information may be utilized for calibrating aspect ratios of the 3D image. In an example, a recommended item may be identified and presented to the user based on the determined dimensions of the object.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joseph Edwin Johnson, Benjamin Schwartz, Shiblee Imtiaz Hasan, Nathan Eugene Masters
  • Patent number: 10003554
    Abstract: Disclosed is a network device, comprising a first network interface port, a second network interface port, and a processor coupled to the first network interface port and the second network interface port. The processor can be configured to operate in a first switching mode to receive network control packets via the first network interface port and transmit the received network control packets via the second network interface port. The processor can also be configured operate in a second communications mode to receive and transmit network communication packets using the first network interface independently of the operation in the first switching mode.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Tzachi Zidenberg, Barak Wasserstrom, Guy Zalik
  • Patent number: 10002644
    Abstract: Techniques are described for dynamically restructuring an encoded video stream to support a wide range of high-speed playback with accompanying visual feedback of the underlying video content. For a particular range of playback speeds, frames in each fragment are retained or dropped based on the encoded dependencies among the frames in the fragment and the selected playback speed. The set of frames in each fragment is analyzed to determine the optimal pattern of frames to retain or drop for a given playback speed. The time stamps of the retained frames are adjusted to achieve the proper spacing for the decoder.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 13, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: Charles Benjamin Franklin Waggoner
  • Patent number: 10003555
    Abstract: Power management of a routing table, which comprises a plurality of hash tables, is provided by supporting various power domain configurations. Each power domain configuration can be associated with a different number of power domains than other power domain configurations. Each power domain can add vertical capacity to the entire routing table by adding a fixed number of buckets to each of the hash tables. Efficient power management can be achieved by switching between a lower power domain configuration and a higher power domain configuration during runtime based on the dynamic load conditions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 6, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kari Ann O'Brien, Bijendra Singh
  • Patent number: 10003496
    Abstract: Systems and methods for implementing network changes are described herein. In one aspect, a network change procedure may be comprised of a plurality of scripts that may implement a change in the network. In one embodiment, the deployment may be paused after the script has been executed. During the pause, a change management server may determine the impact of the change on the network. If the change had a positive effect, the change management server may execute another script to make another network change. However, if the change had a negative effect, the change management server may initiate one or more remedial actions.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 18, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Kennedy, Timothy R. Kohn, Devin Kowatch, Richard A. Sheehan
  • Patent number: 10003466
    Abstract: Data is split into a set of data packets and transmitted between a client computer system and a network service via a packet-switched network. The client computer system identifies a role, permission, group, or other credential that is associated with the data packets, and attaches a credential identifier such as a digital signature to the packets before they are transmitted over the network. A network service receives the data packets, and is configured to filter or route the data packets to a recipient using the attached credential identifier. The network service can adjust the filtering or routing process to occur within a data link, network, transport, or application layer. In some examples, the filtering or routing is provided from within a hypervisor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 15, 2015
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Kevin Christopher Miller, Colm Gearóid MacCárthaigh
  • Patent number: 10003527
    Abstract: A device is described for assisting network technicians and other users with network cabling. The device can be provided to a technician, where the technician plugs a loose cable end into the device, and if the other end of the cable is attached to a switch (e.g. Euclid switch), the device indicates to the technician via a display where on the network the cable should be plugged in (which port on which switch). When the device is connected to a switch via a cable, the switch can make available its information to the device. The device can also consult a data store to determine where the other end should be attached. The information that is used to determine where the cable should be attached can include the number of layers in the network; the number of switches in each layer; and the number of ports on the switches.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 26, 2012
    Date of Patent: June 19, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventor: James Christopher Sorenson, III
  • Publication number: 20180165785
    Abstract: Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for capacity reservation for virtualized graphics processing are disclosed. A request is received to attach a virtual GPU to a virtual compute instance. The request comprises one or more constraints. Availability information is retrieved from a data store that indicates virtual GPUs available in a provider network and matching the one or more constraints. A virtual GPU is selected from among the available virtual GPUs in the availability information. The selected virtual GPU is reserved for attachment to the virtual compute instance. The virtual compute instance is implemented using CPU resources and memory resources of a physical compute instance, the virtual GPU is implemented using a physical GPU in the provider network, and the physical GPU is accessible to the physical compute instance over a network.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 12, 2016
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: DOUGLAS COTTON KURTZ, MALCOLM FEATONBY, UMESH CHANDANI, ADITHYA BHAT, YUXUAN LIU, MIHIR SADRUDDIN SURANI
  • Publication number: 20180165340
    Abstract: A distributed data warehouse system maintains data blocks on behalf of clients, and stores primary and secondary copies of data blocks on different disks or nodes in a cluster. The data warehouse system may back up data blocks in a key-value backup storage system. In response to a query targeting a data block previously stored in the cluster, the data warehouse system may determine whether a consistent, uncorrupted copy of the data block is available in the cluster (e.g., by applying a consistency check). If not (e.g., if a disk or node failed), the data warehouse system may automatically initiate an operation to restore the data block from the backup storage system, using a unique identifier of the data block to access a backup copy. The target data may be returned in a query response prior to restoring primary and secondary copies of the data block in the cluster.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Deepak Agarwal, Anurag Windlass Gupta, Jakub Kulesza
  • Publication number: 20180167661
    Abstract: A real-time video exploration (RVE) system that allows users to pause, step into, move through, and explore 2D or 3D modeled worlds of scenes in a video. The RVE system may allow users to discover, select, explore, and manipulate objects within the modeled worlds used to generate video content. The RVE system may implement methods that allow users to view and explore in more detail the features, components, and/or accessories of selected objects that are being manipulated and explored. The RVE system may also implement methods that allow users to interact with interfaces of selected objects or interfaces of components of selected objects.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Joseph Heinz, II, Michael Schleif Pesce, Collin Charles Davis, Michael Anthony Frazzini, Ashraf Alkarmi, Michael Martin George, David A. Limp, Wiiliam Dugald Carr, JR.
  • Publication number: 20180165876
    Abstract: A real-time video exploration (RVE) system that allows users to pause, step into, and explore 2D or 3D modeled worlds of scenes in a video. The system may leverage network-based computation resources to render and stream new video content from the models to clients with low latency. A user may pause a video, step into a scene, and interactively change viewing positions and angles in the model to move through or explore the scene. The user may resume playback of the recorded video when done exploring the scene. Thus, rather than just viewing a pre-rendered scene in a movie from a pre-determined perspective, a user may step into and explore the scene from different angles, and may wander around the scene at will within the scope of the model to discover parts of the scene that are not visible in the original video.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 9, 2018
    Publication date: June 14, 2018
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gerard Joseph Heinz, II, Michael Schleif Pesce, Collin Charles Davis, Michael Anthony Frazzini, Ashraf Alkarmi, Michael Martin George, David A. Limp, William Dugald Carr, JR.
  • Patent number: 9996465
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for supporting cached volumes at storage gateways are disclosed. A storage gateway appliance is configured to cache at least a portion of a storage object of a remote storage service at local storage devices. In response to a client's write request, directed to at least a portion of a data chunk of the storage object, the appliance stores a data modification indicated in the write request at a storage device, and asynchronously uploads the modification to the storage service. In response to a client's read request, directed to a different portion of the data chunk, the appliance downloads the requested data from the storage service to the storage device, and provides the requested data to the client.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 6, 2017
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: David Carl Salyers, Pradeep Vincent, Ankur Khetrapal, Kestutis Patiejunas
  • Patent number: 9996504
    Abstract: A passage sentiment classifier that can be used to assign a score that indicates the polarity and magnitude of sentiment expressed by a piece of text using information about similar passages. A passage of text may be a few words, a sentence, a paragraph or an entire document. The invention described classifies automatically passages by first looking up the most similarly classified passage in a storage system, which contains passages that have been classified manually by a human.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 27, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: AMAZON TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
    Inventor: Hugo Zaragoza
  • Patent number: 9996818
    Abstract: Described is a system for counting stacked items using image analysis. In one implementation, an image of an inventory location with stacked items is obtained and processed to determine the number of items stacked at the inventory location. In some instances, the item closest to the camera that obtains the image may be the only item viewable in the image. Using image analysis, such as depth mapping or Histogram of Oriented Gradients (HOG) algorithms, the distance of the item from the camera and the shelf of the inventory location can be determined. Using this information, and known dimension information for the item, a count of the number of items stacked at an inventory location may be determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 21, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Xiaofeng Ren, Ohil Krishnamurthy Manyam, Avishkar Misra, Liefeng Bo, Sudarshan Narasimha Raghavan, Christopher Robert Towers, Gopi Prashanth Gopal, Yasser Baseer Asmi
  • Patent number: 9996484
    Abstract: A system that provides virtualized computing resources may include an enhanced PCIe endpoint device on which an emulation processor emulates PCIe compliant hardware in software. The endpoint device may include host interface circuitry that implements pointer registers and control and status registers for each of multiple transaction ring buffers instantiated in memory on the device. In response to receiving a transaction layer packet that includes a transaction, packet steering circuitry may push the transaction into one of the buffers, dependent on the transaction type, a routing identifier for an emulated device to which it is directed, its traffic class or other criteria. The transaction may be processed in software, emulating the hardware device. The host interface circuitry may generate response completion packets for configuration requests and non-posted transactions, and may return them according to PCIe ordering rules, regardless of the order in which they were processed on the endpoint device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 17, 2014
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Mark Bradley Davis, Anthony Nicholas Liguori, Daniel Thomas Marquette, Asif Kahn
  • Patent number: 9996381
    Abstract: Techniques for configuring virtual machine instances are described herein. A virtual machine instance is instantiated and the virtual machine instance is monitored to receive notifications of configuration events associated with that virtual machine instance. Each configuration event, which specifies configuration changes to the virtual machine instance, includes a set of metadata associated with the configuration event. The metadata is extracted from the configuration event and the configuration changes are applied to the virtual machine instance. A new virtual machine image is then produced from the virtual machine instance and the extracted metadata is associated with the new virtual machine image.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 29, 2016
    Date of Patent: June 12, 2018
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Gurinder Raju, Karmveer Veer Singh, Abhinav Shrivastava, Sheshadri Supreeth Koushik, Deepak Suryanarayanan