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Method of a mobile computing system to switch between local and remote systems based on network conditions.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000029944D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Jul-19
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Jul-19
Document File: 2 page(s) / 31K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This publication proposes a method in which the desktop can switch automatically between the local and remote copy based on conditions set by the user. Not only is this a case of the user's computer system reaching a valid network, but this is also a case where the local copy may be used if network throughput deteriorates below a set throughput or a switch to the server copy if/when network throughput (as an example of a conditional measurement) re-establishes a minimal required throughput setting.

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Method of a mobile computing system to switch between local and remote systems based on network conditions.

The concept of a remote or local copy of an application or database has been place for many years. There exist a local copy of an application that resides on your disk drive and there exist the remote copy of the application that resides on the server. Users use the local copy when they are in mobile situations with no chance of connecting to a network. Or, the user uses the local copy when they feel that the servers are too slow and the current work can be uploaded to the servers at a later time.

One of the problems has been when the servers are experiencing network or system stability problems. Many times, users that are connected to the servers that are experiencing connection or stability issues find that most of their application stops working or there are extreme delays as requests time out.

This publication proposes a method in which the desktop can switch automatically between the local and remote copy based on conditions set by the user. Not only is this a case of the user's computer system reaching a valid network, but this is also a case where the local copy may be used if network throughput deteriorates below a set throughput or a switch to the server copy if/when network throughput (as an example of a conditional measurement) re-establishes a minimal required throughput setting.

The user first configures the local-remote algorithm to match their needs. The user can set the following parameters:

a) Local or remote copy is the version brought up - note that this can be different for each application on the de...