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Heterogeneous Network Acknowledgement Handler

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000103477D
Original Publication Date: 1990-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-18
Document File: 1 page(s) / 58K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Johnson, WJ: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

This article describes a method to transparently manage and report the distribution acknowledgements to the sender without user's knowledge of destination and/or originating node with different networking requirements. In addition, this method allows various types of distribution information that are sent between heterogeneous networks to be properly mapped, correlated, and managed in a common manner.

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Heterogeneous Network Acknowledgement Handler

      This article describes a method to transparently manage and
report the distribution acknowledgements to the sender without user's
knowledge of destination and/or originating node with different
networking requirements. In addition, this method allows various
types of distribution information that are sent between heterogeneous
networks to be properly mapped, correlated, and managed in a common
manner.

      The method described in this article is implemented via a
distribution tracking service.  This service is made available at the
gateway node where two or more networks are connected via network
clients and agents.  The client code is responsible for submitting
and retrieving distribution to/from the network agent via a defined
agent interface. The agent then is responsible for distribution
delivery to/from appropriate network nodes. Any delivery
acknowledgements or status then must be reported back to the client
as requested or required.

      The distribution tracking service provides functions for one or
more network clients to interchange tracking information with one or
more network agents in a common manner.  The clients and agents can
create, change, correlate, and delete information from the
distribution tracking service database.  The tracking service
functions allow transparent correlation of records by the client to
several reporting agents, elevating the client to write code to
handle the di...