Server-group messaging system for interactive applications

CAFC
  • US 5,822,523 A
  • Filed: 02/01/1996
  • Issued: 10/13/1998
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A method for providing group messages to a plurality of host computers connected over a unicast wide area communication network, comprising the steps of:

  • providing a group messaging server coupled to said network, said server communicating with said plurality of host computers using said unicast network and maintaining a list of message groups, each message group containing at least one host computer;

    sending, by a plurality of host computers belonging to a first message group, messages to said server via said unicast network, said messages containing a payload portion and a portion for identifying said first message group;

    aggregating, by said server in a time interval determined in accordance with a predefined criterion, said payload portions of said messages to create an aggregated payload;

    forming an aggregated message using said aggregated payload; and

    transmitting, by said server via said unicast network, said aggregated message to a recipient host computer belonging to said first message group.

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