Metaserver for a multimedia distribution network

  • US 6,412,004 B1
  • Filed: 03/27/1997
  • Issued: 06/25/2002
  • Est. Priority Date: 03/27/1997
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. In at least one metaserver at one level of management, each said metaserver having a processor and a memory, a method for assigning a plurality of multimedia servers configured to provide data streams for a plurality of client computers, each said client computer being coupled to each said metaserver at the same level of management and to each said multimedia server via a network, each said client computer including a video and audio display device, each said metaserver memory configured to store a metaserver database that includes information about the data streams stored in at least one of said multimedia servers, said method comprising:

  • receiving a request for a multimedia stream from one of said client computers;

    monitoring the status of each said multimedia server and the status of said network;

    selecting from the metaserver database at least one eligible multimedia server storing the requested multimedia stream using a selection algorithm; and

    communicating a name of said at least one eligible multimedia server to said client computer.

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