Amazon Patent Applications

VIRTUALIZING GRAPHICS PROCESSING IN A PROVIDER NETWORK

Granted: February 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170047041
Methods, systems, and computer-readable media for virtualizing graphics processing in a provider network are disclosed. A virtual compute instance is provisioned from a provider network. The provider network comprises a plurality of computing devices configured to implement a plurality of virtual compute instances with multi-tenancy. A virtual GPU is attached to the virtual compute instance. The virtual GPU is implemented using a physical GPU, and the physical GPU is accessible to the…

COMPUTER SYSTEM WITH SIDE PLENUM COOLING

Granted: February 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170031392
A rack-mountable computer system directs separate portions of a cooling airflow from an inlet air plenum in the computer system interior through separate air passages to remove heat from separate portions of a set of heat-producing components. The air passages can preclude a portion of cooling airflow removing heat from a component from being preheated by another component. Plenums and air passages can be established through the arrangement of components in the interior. Components can…

EFFICIENT GARBAGE COLLECTION FOR A LOG-STRUCTURED DATA STORE

Granted: January 26, 2017
Application Number: 20170024315
A log-structured data store may implement efficient garbage collection. Log records may be maintained in data blocks according to a log record sequence. Based, at least in part, on a log reclamation point, the log records may be evaluated to identify data blocks to reclaim that have log records in the log sequence prior to the log reclamation point. New versions of data pages updated by log records in the identified data blocks may be generated and stored in base page storage for the log…

JOINING GAMES FROM A SPECTATING SYSTEM

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170001111
A game spectating system that leverages game metadata to allow spectators to join or “step into” games being broadcast. Broadcast content may include user interface elements via which spectators can order, purchase, or otherwise obtain demo or full versions of games. Game client software and game data may be obtained and downloaded to the spectator's devices via the spectating system interfaces and broadcast streams. Spectators can order, purchase, or otherwise obtain characters,…

GAME CONTENT INTERFACE IN A SPECTATING SYSTEM

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170001112
A game spectating system that provides interfaces and methods for providing game content to viewers. The spectating system obtains game metadata from game systems for games being broadcast by the spectating system according to the API, and generates broadcast content based at least in part on the game metadata. The broadcast content includes user interface (UI) elements for obtaining virtual or physical objects corresponding to the game content. The broadcast content is provided to…

INTEGRATING GAMES SYSTEMS WITH A SPECTATING SYSTEM

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170001122
A spectating system that exposes an application programming interface (API) to game systems. The spectating system obtains game metadata from the game systems for games being broadcast by the spectating system according to the API, and generates content for the broadcasts based at least in part on the game metadata. The broadcast content is provided to spectator devices with the broadcasts. The spectating system receives indications of spectators' interactions with the broadcast content…

SPECTATOR INTERACTIONS WITH GAMES IN A SPECATATING SYSTEM

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170003740
A spectating system that generates game inputs based on spectator inputs and interactions, and provides the game inputs to game systems according to an application programming interface (API). The spectating system may allow spectators to interact with and affect a game being broadcast via inputs to and interactions with user interface (UI) elements presented on the spectating UI. Spectators may affect or influence the game, objects within the game universe, events within the game, or…

GAME EFFECTS FROM SPECTATING COMMUNITY INPUTS

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170003784
A spectating system that generates game inputs based on spectating inputs and provides the game inputs to game systems according to an application programming interface (API). The spectating inputs may include spectator participation statistics, text chat inputs, audio inputs, and spectator interactions with a spectating user interface. The game inputs may include random numbers based on the spectating inputs that may be used as entropy sources for games. The game inputs may also include…

AUTOMATIC REPAIR OF CORRUPTED BLOCKS IN A DATABASE

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170004194
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…

SHIPPABLE NETWORK-ATTACHED DATA STORAGE DEVICE WITH UPDATEABLE ELECTRONIC DISPLAY

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170004445
A network-attachable data transfer device housed within a shippable enclosure that incorporates an updateable electronic display for displaying shipping destination information is disclosed. The device may be initialized (e.g., prepared to receive data, and the updateable electronic shipping display set to the shipping destination) by a service provider and shipped, in accordance with the displayed destination address, as a self-contained shipping unit. The device may be installed onto a…

SPECTATING DATA SERVICE FOR A SPECTATING SYSTEM

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170006074
A spectating system that stores audiovisual (A/V) content for broadcasts and collects and stores spectating data including spectator interactions with the broadcasts and broadcast content, and that exposes the data and A/V content to consumers such as game developers, online merchants, or broadcasters. The spectating system temporally correlates the spectating data and A/V content so that consumers can review portions of video, audio, and/or text from broadcasts that may be related to…

PARTICIPANT REWARDS IN A SPECTATING SYSTEM

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170006322
A spectating system that leverages game metadata and/or broadcast metadata to provide rewards to or otherwise acknowledge participants in broadcasts. The system may analyze the metadata to detect events or other information about broadcasts, and may recognize and/or reward participants based at least in part on the analysis. Spectators may be rewarded for participating in broadcasts, or in particular events in broadcasts. Broadcasters may be rewarded for in-game achievements or for…

MANAGING AIRFLOW SUPPLIED THROUGH SOFT DUCTS

Granted: January 5, 2017
Application Number: 20170006737
A system for conveying air from one location to another includes a soft duct having a passage and an air flow control device. The air flow control device can be operated to vary a cross sectional area of a portion of the passage of the soft duct.

CONNECTION REDISTRIBUTION IN LOAD-BALANCED SYSTEMS

Granted: December 22, 2016
Application Number: 20160373373
Methods and apparatus for connection redistribution in load-balanced systems that include multiple load balancers each serving multiple nodes. In the connection redistribution method, each node estimates a connection close rate, which may be based on an estimation of the percentage of the overall client traffic received by the respective load balancer that is being handled by the node. The node generates close requests for connections between the respective load balancer and clients…

INFLATABLE DATA CENTER

Granted: December 22, 2016
Application Number: 20160374233
A data center can include an inflatable enclosure in which rack computer systems can be installed and can provide computing capacity. The inflatable enclosure includes an inflatable structure which is at least partially inflated based on cooling air discharged into the inflatable enclosure by one or more cooling modules. A cooling module can include a cooling system and a cooling air vent, where the cooling system adjustably induces a stream of cooling air and the cooling air vent…

COOLING AIR STACK FOR COMPUTER EQUIPMENT

Granted: December 8, 2016
Application Number: 20160360651
A cooling system for a computer room includes a forced air system. The forced air system moves cooling air through computers in one or more rack systems in the computer room. Stacks are coupled between the rack systems and the ceiling of the computer room. Each stack may include a flexible portion between an inlet portion and an exit portion of the stack. The stacks direct cooling air exiting from exit ports on the rack systems to openings in the ceiling.

SPAWNING NEW TIMELINES DURING GAME SESSION REPLAY

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160346701
A game system in which game sessions involving one or more players may be recorded and saved as game records. A previously recorded game session may be selected and replayed. However, in addition to providing a static replay of the game session, the game system may allow one or more players to step into and assume control of respective game characters at any point during the replay of the game session. When a player steps into and takes control of game a character during the playback, a…

METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR MULTI-DESTINATION ITEM SELECTION USING MOTES

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160347546
Method and apparatus for multi-destination pick using motes. In embodiments, each receptacle may be assigned to a destination and may have a mote that may include an indicator that may be activated by a control system to indicate to the agent that the receptacle is the destination receptacle for a picked item. The agent may then place the item in the indicated destination receptacle. A mote may include a communication interface for communicating with a control system and with other motes…

EXPANDABLE DATA CENTER WITH MOVABLE WALL

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160348360
A data center includes a floor that supports rack computing systems and walls that enclose a computing room. The computing room holds the rack computing systems. One of the walls is a movable wall. The movable wall translates relative to the other walls to increase or decrease the size of the computing room.

MODULAR MASS STORAGE SYSTEM

Granted: December 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160350254
A system for storing data includes a rack, one or more data storage modules coupled to the rack, and one or more data control modules coupled to the rack. The data storage modules may include a chassis, two or more backplanes coupled to the chassis, and one or more mass storage devices (for example, hard disk drives) coupled to the backplanes. The data control modules may access the mass storage devices in the data storage modules.