Server-group messaging system for interactive applications

CAFC
  • US 6,226,686 B1
  • Filed: 09/28/1999
  • Issued: 05/01/2001
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/01/1996
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for facilitating communications among a plurality of host computers over a network to implement a shared, interactive application, comprising the steps of:

  • (1) receiving a create message from one of the plurality of host computers, wherein said create message specifies a message group to be created;

    (2) receiving join messages from a first subset of the plurality of host computers, wherein each of said join messages specifies said message group;

    (3) receiving host messages from a second subset of said first subset of the plurality of host computers belonging to said message group, wherein each of said messages contains a payload portion and a portion that is used to identify said message group;

    (4) aggregating said payload portions of said host messages received from said second subset of the plurality of host computers to create an aggregated payload;

    (5) forming an aggregated message using said aggregated payload; and

    (6) transmitting said aggregated message to said first subset of the plurality of host computers belonging to said message group;

    wherein said aggregated message keeps the shared, interactive application operating consistently on each of said first subset of the plurality of host computers.

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