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Architecture and method for P2P protocol within a LAN for automatic propagation and stabilization of configuration files.

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000214713D
Publication Date: 2012-Feb-03
Document File: 8 page(s) / 98K

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Abstract

In current day data centers or clusters of nodes, information is migrated to different nodes via centralized server architecture. Although client-server networks are often flexible and can incorporate new resources and other computers into the network, they have several inherent disadvantages some of which are mentioned below: 1) Usually there must be a powerful, reliable and robust central server that must cater to the needs of any client at all the times. 2) The client-server network model relies on the proper functioning and availability of the centralized server. If the centralized server goes down due to problems, the entire network cannot function. However, many client server networks now have backup servers to provide support when a server is lost. Therefore incurring additional cost to maintain and manage the backup servers. 3) With respect to congestion, a centralized server must cater to all the nodes on the system and hence will be contributing to a substantial amount of network traffic, as all queries for resources are directed toward the server. This can cause network congestion and slow down response times to each node which is available and connected to this central server. Hence the need to move away from conventional Client-Server model to a decentralized mechanism. The paper below is intended to solve the above mentioned problems via a novel solution of a peer to peer network configuration within a LAN environment. In a nutshell, this paper intends to propose a novel solution to automatically propagate and copy files that are required to be similar across systems when a change is made on any one of the system on the network within a LAN. This proposition rules out the need for a server that is dedicated as a mediator to take care of the configuration on the systems within a LAN. This solution is basically targeted for a computer network, in which the configurations that are required to be similar across systems. This proposal idea lies is unlike a conventional P2P model over the internet where the receiving peer node triggers the event of searching and downloading the file from a file server, by using lookup services as to where the file it wants is located (as in on which server in the cluster), in this proposition the file transfer is triggered by the peer on which a file is changed to its peer nodes. The architecture consists of each node having a lookup table that contains a list of the peers to which it must propagate a file which is changed on it. The architecture will be discussed in detail later on. This proposal mainly needs a DB at the backend and an event notification system like (AHAFs on AIX).

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Architecture and method for P2P protocol within a LAN for automatic propagation and stabilization of configuration files.

In current day data centers or clusters of nodes, information is migrated to different nodes via centralized server architecture. Although client-server networks are often flexible and can incorporate new resources and other computers into the network, they have several inherent disadvantages some of which are mentioned below:


1) Usually there must be a powerful, reliable and robust central server that must cater to the needs of any client at all the times.


2) The client-server network model relies on the proper functioning and availability of the centralized server. If the centralized server goes down due to problems, the entire network cannot function. However, many client server networks now have backup servers to provide support when a server is lost. Therefore incurring additional cost to maintain and manage the backup servers.


3) With respect to congestion, a centralized server must cater to all the nodes on the system and hence will be contributing to a substantial amount of network traffic, as all queries for resources are directed toward the server. This can cause network congestion and slow down response times to each node which is available and connected to this central server.

Hence the need to move away from conventional Client-Server model to a decentralized mechanism.

The paper below is intended to solve the above mentioned problems via a novel solution of a

peer to peer network configuration within a LAN environment. In a nutshell, this paper intends to propose a novel solution to automatically propagate and copy files that are required to be similar across systems when a change is made on any one of the system on the network within a LAN. This proposition rules out the need for a server that is dedicated as a mediator to take care of the configuration on the systems within a LAN. This solution is basically targeted for a computer network, in which the configurations that are required to be similar across systems.

This proposals idea lies is unlike a conventional P2P model over the internet where the receiving

peer node triggers the event of searching and downloading the file from a file server, by using look-up services as to where the file it wants is located (as in on which server in the cluster), in this proposition the file transfer is triggered by the peer on which a file is changed to its peer nodes. The architecture consists of each node having a look-up table that contains a list of the

peers to which it must propagate a file which is changed on it. The architecture will be discussed in detail later on. This proposal mainly needs a DB at the back-end and an event notification system like (AHAFs on AIX).

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In a normal scenario in a client-server model, a single server opens several socket connections to its clients.

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What is proposed as a part of this paper is, one...