Bandwidth measurement

  • US 8,909,759 B2
  • Filed: 10/12/2009
  • Issued: 12/09/2014
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/10/2008
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for measuring bandwidth available to a mobile device, the method comprising:

  • in response to user browsing of content stored on a content server via the mobile device, transferring, by a first server, metadata to the mobile device over a network to satisfy the user browsing of the content;

    while the user continues to browse the content;

    determining, by the first server, any other transfers taking place over the network;

    transparently measuring a plurality transfer times of the transferred metadata, by the first server,wherein the measurement of transfer time is based in part on actual packet loss and stoppages in the transfer,wherein based on the determining any other transfers taking place over the network, the measuring of each of the plurality of transfer times is performed at least one of continuously, according to a schedule, or randomly to ensure up-to-date measurements while preventing intrusive measuring;

    determining, by the first server, a plurality of measured bandwidths based on the measured plurality of transfer times;

    determining, by the first server, a network bandwidth to the mobile device, the determining based on performing statisical analysis of the determined plurality of measured bandwidths to reduce or remove the impact of anomalous bandwidth measurements;

    based on the statistical analysis, storing, by the first server, the determined network bandwidth in a log of other determined bandwidth measurements, the log including times that each stored bandwidth measurements was determined;

    identifying, by the first server, trends based on the stored bandwidth measurements; and

    based on the identified trends and the determined network bandwidth, determining, by the first server, an effective transfer rate for transferring content to the mobile device; and

    providing, by the first server, the effective transfer rate to the content server,wherein the content server, based on the effective transfer rate and based on a selection of a selected content by the mobile device, re-encodes the selected content such that during transfer of selected content to the mobile device, the effective transfer rate is not exceeded.

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