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Nielson-like rating function for multicast updates Disclosure Number: IPCOM000031300D
Original Publication Date: 2004-Sep-21
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2004-Sep-21

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Currently, software downloads are performed in a dedicated, client to server retrieval methodology. Software can be distributed via a multicast channel allowing for mulitiple simultaneous clients to receive. The frequency of software downloads today is transmitted at a pre-determined frequency which may not be optimal. For example the update being transmitted may be an update that is not needed by the majority of the users. This can be achieved by monitoring the frequency of clients retrieving software downloads and by scheduling the frequency of the software transmission accordingly. In addition add a weighting function that provides more bandwidth to newer updates, and allows them to trail off as more clients download the update.