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TOPOLOGY FOR ONLINE MEETING SYSTEM TO ENHANCE NETWORK CAPACITY

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Publication Date: 2014-Aug-05
Document File: 9 page(s) / 180K

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Abstract

A solution is presented herein that offers a new network topology for an online meeting system. This system resolves issues associated with numerous attendees joining a meeting. A method is provided to extend display of shared content to enable numerous attendees see/hear meeting content more clearly. This solution also greatly speeds up the meeting join process since it largely uses a local area network. The load on a meeting server can be greatly reduced, and the enterprise gateway’s data throughput can be used more efficiently.

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TOPOLOGY FOR ONLINE MEETING SYSTEM TO ENHANCE NETWORK CAPACITY

AUTHORS:

James Ouyang Saiqi Shi Mark Yin Peter Luo

CISCO SYSTEMS, INC.

ABSTRACT

    A solution is presented herein that offers a new network topology for an online meeting system. This system resolves issues associated with numerous attendees joining a meeting. A method is provided to extend display of shared content to enable numerous attendees see/hear meeting content more clearly. This solution also greatly speeds up the meeting join process since it largely uses a local area network. The load on a meeting server can be greatly reduced, and the enterprise gateway's data throughput can be used more efficiently.

DETAILED DESCRIPTION

    Online meetings are being used more extensively for conferences or training. There are two issues commonly occurring in online meeting systems. First, consider the situation when a company CEO wants an all-hands online meeting with all employees of the company (many thousands or tens of thousands or people around the world perhaps). Since so many attendees need to join the same meeting through the company gateway at the same time, in order to deal with network bandwidth issues and to achieve a desirable performance for the meeting, the common solution is to use a personal computer (PC) in large meeting rooms to join the meeting and display shared meeting content on a projector. The employees need to go to these meeting rooms to watch the CEO's presentation. When an employee joins meeting with his/her own personal device, he observes substantial network delay, joining the meeting at a very slow speed and with bad audio/video/share quality.

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    The second issue is when a projector is used to show online meeting content in a large training room, or a Telepresence display is used to show online meeting content in a Telepresence/video conference room. The people sitting in these rooms that are far from the screen are not able to clearly view the meeting content since the text font or image is too small. As a result, it is likely that people would ask someone else for the meeting URL in order to join meeting with their own devices in order to more clearly view the content. If the meeting does not allow a guest attendee to join the meeting, then the only other option is for those people to move to a position that is closer to the screen in the large meeting rooms.

The following solution is proposed to solve address the foregoing issues.

                      Terminology Reference is made to Figure 1 below. Meeting Service Publisher (Virtual Meeting Room)

    Meeting Service Publisher is a specific meeting client (software, e.g., a plugin to a browser). It can receive all meeting data from meeting server. It also divides meeting data to different meeting service, publishes to one or more meeting services if necessary, and finally it transfers meeting service data to a Meeting Service Subscriber.

    **Meeting service**: includes audio...