SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR HIGH-PERFORMANCE DELIVERY OF WEB CONTENT USING HIGH-PERFORMANCE COMMUNICATIONS PROTOCOL BETWEEN THE FIRST AND SECOND SPECIALIZED INTERMEDIATE NODES TO OPTIMIZE A MEASURE OF COMMUNICATIONS PERFORMANCE BETWEEN THE SOURCE AND THE DESTINATION

  • US 6,820,133 B1
  • Filed: 03/24/2000
  • Issued: 11/16/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/07/2000
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A method for communicating an Internet message between a source and a destination over the Internet, comprising:

  • selecting a node of a first type, wherein each node of a first type comprises software to receive Internet messages using a first communication protocol and software to transmit Internet messages using a second communication protocol wherein the second communication protocol is not supported by the source or the destination;

    selecting a node of a second type, wherein each node of a second type comprises software to receive Internet messages using the second communication protocol and software to transmit Internet messages using a third communication protocol;

    communicating an Internet message from the source to the selected node of a first type using the first communication protocol;

    communicating the Internet message from the selected node of a first type to the selected node of a second type using the second communication protocol; and

    communicating the Internet message from the selected node of a second type to the destination using the third communication protocol, wherein the second communication protocol is designed to be a high performance protocol, and wherein the step of selecting a node of a first type includes optimizing one or more criteria including a measure of network closeness between the source and the node of a first type, and wherein the step of selecting a node of a second type includes optimizing one or more criteria including a measure of network closeness between the node of a second type and the destination.

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