METHOD OF AVOIDING A PACKET STORM WHEN MULTIPLE DEVICES ARE QUERYING FOR INFORMATION FROM THE SAME SET OF NETWORKED RESOURCES
Original Publication Date: 1998-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2002-Jul-08
This is a method of avoiding the problems caused by excessive communication between net- worked devices that must request status information from other devices on their networks, based on certain events. This method requires the devices that must query for remote status information to set up a list of devices from which information is needed. Then, as the device waits to send its queries, it monitors the network traffic. If it detects a query response from one of the devices in its pending query list, then it will use the infomration from the response to satisfy its own need, and remove that device from its list.