Joining a broadcast channel

  • US 6,910,069 B1
  • Filed: 07/31/2000
  • Issued: 06/21/2005
  • Est. Priority Date: 07/31/2000
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A computer-based, non-routing table based, non-switch based method for adding a participant to a network of participants, each participant being connected to three or more other participants, the method comprising:

  • identifying a pair of participants of the network that are connected wherein a seeking participant contacts a fully connected portal computer, which in turn sends an edge connection request to a number of randomly selected neighboring participants to which the seeking participant is to connect;

    disconnecting the participants of the identified pair from each other; and

    connecting each participant of the identified pair of participants to the seeking participant.

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