Rate controlled broadcast for activation of entities in large scale data networks

  • US 6,130,877 A
  • Filed: 05/23/1997
  • Issued: 10/10/2000
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/23/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In a data communications network, a method of broadcasting signals from one node to a plurality of nodes comprising alternate steps of, at the one node:

  • broadcasting the signals to a portion of the plurality of nodes; and

    delaying a predetermined time interval;

    whereby the alternate steps are repeated until the signals have been broadcast to all of the plurality of nodes, such that the broadcasting of signals is effected at a controlled rate which is no faster than a predetermined maximum rate.

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