Patents by Inventor William Merrill

William Merrill has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20200272486
    Abstract: A network-based virtual computing resource provider may offer virtual compute instances that implement rolling resource credits for scheduling virtual computing resources. Work requests for a virtual compute instance may be received at a virtualization manager. A resource credit balance may be determined for the virtual compute instance. The resource credit balance may accumulate resource credits in rolling fashion, carrying over unused credits from previous time periods. Resource credits may then be applied when generating scheduling instructions to provide to a physical resource to perform the work requests, such as a physical CPU in order to increase the utilization of the resource according to the number of credits applied. Applied resource credits may then be deducted from the credit balance.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 8, 2020
    Publication date: August 27, 2020
    Applicant: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Merrill Phillips, William John Earl, Deepak Singh
  • Patent number: 10649796
    Abstract: A network-based virtual computing resource provider may offer virtual compute instances that implement rolling resource credits for scheduling virtual computing resources. Work requests for a virtual compute instance may be received at a virtualization manager. A resource credit balance may be determined for the virtual compute instance. The resource credit balance may accumulate resource credits in rolling fashion, carrying over unused credits from previous time periods. Resource credits may then be applied when generating scheduling instructions to provide to a physical resource to perform the work requests, such as a physical CPU in order to increase the utilization of the resource according to the number of credits applied. Applied resource credits may then be deducted from the credit balance.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 15, 2014
    Date of Patent: May 12, 2020
    Assignee: Amazon Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: John Merrill Phillips, William John Earl, Deepak Singh
  • Patent number: 10566595
    Abstract: A separator made of ion conductive ink is produced by additive manufacturing. A micro-battery is produced with the separator made of ion conductive ink located between the battery's anode and cathode. The separator functions to keep the anode and cathode apart and to facilitate the transport of ions to produce an operative micro-battery.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 18, 2018
    Date of Patent: February 18, 2020
    Assignee: Lawrence Livermore National Security, LLC
    Inventors: Eric B. Duoss, Patrick G. Campbell, William C. Floyd, III, Julie A. Mancini, Matthew Merrill, Conner T. Sharpe, Christopher M. Spadaccini, Michael Stadermann, Cheng Zhu
  • Publication number: 20070228586
    Abstract: Exemplary methods include includes providing a film comprising at least one polymeric material; widening the film under a first set of processing conditions in a first draw step along the crossweb direction such that in-plane birefringence, if any, created in the film is low; and drawing the film in a second draw step along a downweb direction under a second set of processing conditions, wherein the second set of processing conditions creates in-plane birefringence in at least one polymeric material. Exemplary roll of film includes an oriented optical film characterized by an effective orientation axis. The oriented optical film comprises only one birefringent polymeric material, at least one birefringent material and at least one isotropic material, or a first birefringent material and a second birefringent material, the birefringent materials characterized by effective orientation axes along the MD. The optical film has a width of greater than 0.3 m and a length a length greater than 10 m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: William Merrill, Andrew Ouderkirk, Matthew Johnson, Timothy Hebrink, Martin Denker, Mark O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20070231548
    Abstract: Exemplary methods include includes providing a film comprising at least one polymeric material; widening the film under a first set of processing conditions in a first draw step along the crossweb direction such that in-plane birefringence, if any, created in the film is low; and drawing the film in a second draw step along a downweb direction under a second set of processing conditions, wherein the second set of processing conditions creates in-plane birefringence in at least one polymeric material. Exemplary roll of film includes an oriented optical film characterized by an effective orientation axis. The oriented optical film comprises only one birefringent polymeric material, at least one birefringent material and at least one isotropic material, or a first birefringent material and a second birefringent material, the birefringent materials characterized by effective orientation axes along the MD. The optical film has a width of greater than 0.3 m and a length a length greater than 10 m.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 31, 2006
    Publication date: October 4, 2007
    Inventors: William Merrill, Andrew Ouderkirk, Matthew Johnson, Timothy Hebrink, Martin Denker, Mark O'Neill
  • Publication number: 20070223497
    Abstract: A multi-radio sensor node is provided that includes two or more communication devices. The communication devices include radio frequency (RF) devices like radios. Each communication device supports simultaneous communications among multi-radio sensor nodes of respective independent network clusters. A network structure is provided that includes two or more local network clusters. Each local network cluster includes numerous multi-radio sensor nodes. Each communication device of a multi-radio sensor node supports communication among the multi-radio sensor nodes of a different one of the local network clusters so that simultaneous communications are supported among the multi-radio sensor nodes of the local network clusters. The multi-radio sensor nodes of the local network clusters determine their locations relative to the other multi-radio sensor nodes of the independent network clusters with which they communicate.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2007
    Publication date: September 27, 2007
    Inventors: Jeremy Elson, Lewis Girod, William Kaiser, William Merrill, Lars Newberg, Brian Schiffer, Katayoun Sohrabi
  • Publication number: 20070134364
    Abstract: A stretcher for substantially uniaxially orienting a film includes a plurality of gripping members to hold opposing edge portions of the film, paths along which the gripping members travel to stretch the film in a stretching region, and a drive mechanism to convey the film and gripping members along a machine direction. At least a portion of the paths in the stretching region define diverging, curvilinear courses disposed in-plane. The paths are configured such that during the stretching an extent of uniaxial character, U, is between zero and unity and a minimum value of an extent of uniaxial character, U, is at least 0.70 over a final portion of the stretching after achieving a TDDR of 2.5. U is defined as U=(1/MDDR?1)/(TDDR1/2?1), wherein TDDR is greater than 4 at an end of the stretching region.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 18, 2007
    Publication date: June 14, 2007
    Inventors: William Merrill, Jeffery Jackson, Andrew Ruff, John Wheatley, Dennis Krueger
  • Publication number: 20070116793
    Abstract: An apparatus for processing a film includes a conveyor and an isolated takeaway device. The conveyor includes gripping members that hold opposing edge portions of the film and convey, under influence of a drive member, the film along a machine direction within a stretching region of the apparatus. The conveyor, over substantially the entire stretching region, is configured and arranged to provide diverging, substantially parabolic paths along which the gripping members move to stretch the film. The isolated takeaway device receives the film from the conveyor and includes gripping members to grasp opposing takeaway regions of the film directly from the stretching region and convey the film in the machine direction. In another embodiment, the conveyor provides diverging curvilinear paths along which the gripping members move to stretch the film. An isolated takeaway device includes opposing flexible, continuous gripping mechanisms for grasping opposing takeaway regions of the film.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 4, 2006
    Publication date: May 24, 2007
    Inventors: Jeffery Jackson, William Merrill, Andrew Ruff, Desiree Thompson, Dennis Krueger
  • Publication number: 20070098970
    Abstract: A multilayered polymer film includes a first set of optical layers and a second set of optical layers. The first set of optical layers is made from a polyester which is often birefringent. The polyesters of the first set of optical layers typically have a composition in which 70-100 mol % of the carboxylate subunits are first carboxylate subunits and 0-30 mol % are comonomer carboxylate subunits and 70 to 100 mol % of the glycol subunits are first glycol subunits and 0 to 30 mol % of the glycol subunits are comonomer glycol subunits, where at least 0.5 mol % of the combined carboxylate and glycol subunits are comonomer carboxylate or comonomer glycol subunits. The multilayered polymer film may be used to form, for example, a reflective polarizer or a mirror.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 15, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Inventors: TIMOTHY HEBRINK, William Merrill, Carl Stover
  • Publication number: 20070098829
    Abstract: Stretched polymeric films can be used in a variety of applications, including optical applications. The stretching conditions and shape of the stretching tracks in a stretching apparatus can determine or influence film properties. Take-away systems can be used to receive the film after stretching. The configuration of the take-away system can, in at least some instances, influence final film properties.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 28, 2006
    Publication date: May 3, 2007
    Inventors: Jeffery Jackson, William Merrill, Andrew Ruff, Desiree Thompson
  • Publication number: 20070065636
    Abstract: Microstructured features having a variable pitch or angles on a birefringent surface of an article and a process for making it. The article is uniaxial oriented to provide the birefringence. The variable pitch provides for various optical effects and can include a random pitch, aperiodic pitch, quasi-aperiodic pitch, or a combination of them.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: March 22, 2007
    Inventors: William Merrill, Rolf Biernath, Robert Brott, John Huizinga, William Black
  • Publication number: 20070047080
    Abstract: Methods of forming multilayer reflective polarizers are described. One method includes providing a multilayer polymer film having a plurality of alternating polymeric optical layer pairs, heating the multilayer polymer film to a temperature of about or greater than both polymers layer glass transition temperatures to from a heated multilayer film, and stretching the heated multilayer polymer film in an in-plane direction to form a multilayer reflective polarizer. Each first polymer layer includes a first polyester material and each second polymer layer includes a second polyester material that has a different polymer composition than the first polymer layer composition. The stretching includes a uniaxial stretch.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 25, 2006
    Publication date: March 1, 2007
    Inventors: Carl Stover, Eileen Haus, George Jones, Kristopher Derks, Timothy Hebrink, Kevin Hamer, William Merrill, Terence Neavin, Jeffrey Peterson, Mark Pellerite, James Lockridge, Richard Thompson, Barry Rosell, Bert Chien, Gregg Pritchard, Tammy Borges
  • Publication number: 20070031140
    Abstract: An optical low pass filter or blur filter, and method of making the filters, using an article having a birefringent surface for refracting incoming light when used with an image sensor. The birefringent surface of the article, such as a film, is structured or tilted such that, when the blur filter is placed within an optical path between a lens and the image sensor, the birefringent surface causes refraction of a light signal in the optical path into multiple light signals each being incident upon different sub-pixels within the pixels in the image sensor to prevent or reduce artifacts, such as undesirable color moiré effects, in the resulting digital image. The structures on the surface have a variable pitch or angles. The variable pitch can include a periodic, aperiodic, or quasi-aperiodic pitch, to reduce diffractive artifacts in the resulting image.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 4, 2005
    Publication date: February 8, 2007
    Inventors: Rolf Biernath, Robert Brott, William Merrill, John Huizinga, William Black
  • Patent number: 7161926
    Abstract: A multi-radio sensor node is provided that includes two or more communication devices. The communication devices include radio frequency (RF) devices like radios. Each communication device supports simultaneous communications among multi-radio sensor nodes of respective independent network clusters. A network structure is provided that includes two or more local network clusters. Each local network cluster includes numerous multi-radio sensor nodes. Each communication device of a multi-radio sensor node supports communication among the multi-radio sensor nodes of a different one of the local network clusters so that simultaneous communications are supported among the multi-radio sensor nodes of the local network clusters. The multi-radio sensor nodes of the local network clusters determine their locations relative to the other multi-radio sensor nodes of the independent network clusters with which they communicate.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 3, 2002
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Sensoria Corporation
    Inventors: Jeremy Elson, Lewis D. Girod, William J. Kaiser, William Merrill, Lars Fredric Newberg, Brian Schiffer, Katayoun Sohrabi
  • Publication number: 20060285041
    Abstract: An optical film includes a layer of simultaneous biaxially stretched polyolefin film that is substantially non-absorbing and non-scattering for at least one polarization state of visible light. The layer has x, y, and z orthogonal indices of refraction where at least two of the orthogonal indices of refraction are not equal. The layer has an in-plane retardance of 100 nm or less and an absolute value of an out-of-plane retardance being 55 nm or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 9, 2006
    Publication date: December 21, 2006
    Inventors: Matthew Johnson, Richard Allen, Fred Roska, Steven Rhyner, William Merrill, Joan Strobel, Kevin Hamer
  • Publication number: 20060274244
    Abstract: Films having a structured surface with an engineered feature, such as prism grooves, to be used in displays having a backlight. The films can be arranged in a stack having one or more of the following: birefringent brightness enhancement films, non-birefringent brightness enhancement films, polarizers, diffusers, birefringent turning films, and non-birefringent turning films. Those films can be arranged in any order from the backlight to a viewer.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 7, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: James Battiato, William Merrill, Leland Whitney, Kenneth Epstein, Robert Brott, Rolf Biernath, Mitsuko O'Neill, Stephen Johnson, Matthew Johnson, Daniel Hennen, William Black, Mark O'Neill, William Bryan, Dennis Wilson, Martin Denker, David Kowitz
  • Publication number: 20060272778
    Abstract: A process for making an optical film includes stretching a polyolefin film in a first direction and stretching the polyolefin film in a second direction different than the first direction forming a biaxially stretched polyolefin film. At least a portion of the stretching of the polyolefin film in the second direction occurs simultaneous with the stretching of the polyolefin film in the first direction. The biaxially stretched polyolefin film has a length and a width and substantially non-absorbing and non-scattering for at least one polarization state of visible light. The biaxially stretched polyolefin film has x, y, and z orthogonal indices of refraction where at least two of the orthogonal indices of refraction are not equal, an in-plane retardance being 100 nm or less and an out-of-plane retardance being 50 nm or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Allen, Matthew Johnson, Fred Roska, Steven Rhyner, William Merrill, Joan Strobel, Kevin Hamer, John Klaeser, Sebastian Zehentmaier
  • Publication number: 20060272779
    Abstract: A process for making an optical film includes stretching a polyolefin film in a first direction and stretching the polyolefin film in a second direction different than the first direction forming a biaxially stretched polyolefin film. At least a portion of the stretching of the polyolefin film in the second direction occurs simultaneous with the stretching of the polyolefin film in the first direction. The biaxially stretched polyolefin film has a length and a width and substantially non-absorbing and non-scattering for at least one polarization state of visible light. The biaxially stretched polyolefin film has x, y, and z orthogonal indices of refraction where at least two of the orthogonal indices of refraction are not equal, an in-plane retardance being 100 nm or less and an out-of-plane retardance being 50 nm or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 15, 2006
    Publication date: December 7, 2006
    Inventors: Richard Allen, Matthew Johnson, Fred Roska, Steven Rhyner, William Merrill, Joan Strobel, Kevin Hamer, John Klaeser, Sebastian Zehentmaier
  • Publication number: 20060257515
    Abstract: Stretched polymeric films can be used in a variety of applications, including optical applications. The stretching conditions and shape of the stretching tracks in a stretching apparatus can determine or influence film properties. Methods and stretching apparatuses can include adjustable or zone-defined stretching regions.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 2, 2006
    Publication date: November 16, 2006
    Inventors: William Merrill, Jeffery Jackson, Andrew Ruff, Desiree Thompson, John Wheatley, Jeffrey Amundson, Curtis Harvey
  • Publication number: 20060238682
    Abstract: An optical stack includes a first liquid crystal layer and a j-retarder disposed on the liquid crystal layer. The j-retarder includes a simultaneous biaxially stretched polymeric film being substantially non-absorbing and non-scattering for at least one polarization state of visible light. The j-retarder has x, y, and z orthogonal indices of refraction where at least two of the orthogonal indices of refraction are not equal, an in-plane retardance being 100 nm or less and an absolute value for an out-of-plane retardance being 55 nm or greater.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 29, 2006
    Publication date: October 26, 2006
    Inventors: Fred Roska, Richard Allen, Matthew Johnson, Steven Rhyner, William Merrill, Joan Strobel, Kevin Hamer, Gregory Gilligan