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Performance Initiative: Dynamic Network Adapter Selection/Failover Based on Signal Strength/Speed

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000020055D
Original Publication Date: 2003-Oct-22
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2003-Oct-22

Publishing Venue

IBM

Abstract

This invention consists of a software application which will continually monitor the strength and speed of all available network connections. It will automatically disable network connections whose performance has dropped to below that of another available connection, always keeping the strongest/fastest connection enabled. Existing technology provides load-balancing solutions for high-end servers. Such solutions tend to be externally-driven controlled by a separate piece of hardware. This invention differs because it is internally driven. Existing technology provides for failover upon adapter failure. However, the change has to be made manually, often necessitating reboots, resulting in increased downtime. This invention differs because it is automated and seamless.