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Use of "Age In Queue" Technique for Defining Scope of Time Limited Agents In High Volume Data Processing Disclosure Number: IPCOM000013035D
Original Publication Date: 2001-Dec-24
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Jun-12

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Disclosed is a method for ensuring all items awaiting action by a time-limited agent are acted upon within a determinable cycle. The method uses an "Age In Queue" technique for ensuring that all items in a large queue are acted upon based on the least recently touched item. For a time limited agent, this would ensure that all items are acted upon within a determinable amount of time. The initial step to implementing this method is to allow each item to be marked by the agent with a simple time stamp to indicate when the last time the agent touched them was. The items must then be sorted in such a way that the agent will be able to begin with the least recently touched item, then progress through the items. When the agent runs out of time, it ensures that the sorting is reinitiated so that the next time the agent runs, the items once again are represented first by the least recently touched item. A relatively simple implementation of this methodology can be implemented using Lotus Notes. The agent that touches each document is modified so that it places a time stamp on the