Browse Prior Art Database

Method and system to speed-up emails transfer

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000187638D
Original Publication Date: 2009-Sep-14
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-Sep-14
Document File: 4 page(s) / 47K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

Several times it happens that a user needs to send an email with huge attachments and in order to do it the sender and the receiver need a long time to upload and download that files from a mail server. The solution discussed in this paper introduces a new mechanism in order to optimize the transfer of huge emails leveraging a peer-to-peer protocol.

This text was extracted from a PDF file.
At least one non-text object (such as an image or picture) has been suppressed.
This is the abbreviated version, containing approximately 55% of the total text.

Page 1 of 4

Method and system to speed-up emails transfer

    Several times it happens that a user needs to send an email with huge attachments and in order to do it the sender and the receiver need a long time to upload and download that files from a mail server. The solution discussed in this paper introduces a new mechanism in order to optimize the transfer of huge emails leveraging a peer-to-peer protocol.

    The background of the problem is that several times there are urgent and/or big emails that need to be sent to some people. The current behavior of all Mail Client/Server software is to send an email to a mail server and then it is exchanged between different Mail Servers to be finally received from the "receiver" during a Mail Replica.

    For large emails of several megabytes, the full process sometimes takes a very long time from few minutes to several hours.

    Sometimes, it is needed to receive the email urgently. The proposed solution addresses this problem by speeding-up this process and moving it from some hours to few seconds/minutes.

    The solution is based on the usage of point-to-point connections between the two different mail clients (sender and receiver) using standard Instant Messaging software.

    There exists several examples like Lotus Note and Sametime Client or MSN Messenger.

    Figure 1 below shows a flowchart illustrating the proposed method to speed-up email transfer :

1

Page 2 of 4

Figure 1

    The solution leverages on two main elements: a plug-ins that extends the standard Mail (aka Urgent Mail Catcher) and In...