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Internet Speed Agent

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000119174D
Original Publication Date: 1997-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-01
Document File: 2 page(s) / 30K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Isensee, S: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for estimating response time over the internet and scheduling transfers for optimal times.

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Internet Speed Agent

      Disclosed is a method for estimating response time over the
internet and scheduling transfers for optimal times.

      The speed of the internet varies over time in fairly
predictable cycles.  It is slower during the business day than at
night, faster on the weekend than during the week, etc.  Users may
fail to connect to web sites or waste time if they try to hit a
server at a peak period.

      The present invention provides a technique for optimizing
transfer of data over the web.

      As stated above, data transfer rates on the internet vary in
predictable cycles.  Users hit some sites frequently and it would be
desirable to time those updates when network traffic is low.  This
increases transfer speed and benefits all net users by distributing
the load.

      This technique for determining optimum transfer times is to
ping frequently used sites throughout the week and build a table of
the response times.  Updates are then scheduled for times when
response time is fastest.

      Here is an example of where this is very useful:  a user may
schedule Pointcast to update the news once per day.  The Pointcast
application (or a web browser) can consult the performance table and
schedule the update for the least traffic (fastest response time)
each day.  The response time table can be updated continually so that
it tracks changes in network traffic and subsequent response time.