Patent Number: 6,167,446

Title: Automatically configuring network-name-services

Abstract: Generally a computer network includes a file server (22), a network (26), and several client workstations (24). Specific network software provides a name server ("NS") (122) to resolve network-name requests. The computer network can also include a proxy for a network service, e.g. a network infrastructure cache (72) that stores files copied from the server (22). Automatic network-name-services configuration adds to this:1. a traffic-monitor module (132) that identifies shared network services, and collects service use data;2. a dynamic redirection service ("DRS") module (126) that receives the collected data, extracts therefrom pairs of client workstations (24) and services, employs a performance metric to order those pairs, and compiles a list (138) of workstations (24) and services that are assigned to the proxy; and3. a name resolution filter ("NRF") module (136) that, receives the list (138) and network-name-resolution requests, and, when enabled by the list, resolves requests by sending network addresses for the proxy to client workstations (24). cm 1

Inventors: Lister; Robert (San Jose, CA), Rigler; Joel R. (Aptos, CA), Pitts; William M. (Los Altos, CA), Wallach; Walter A. (Los Altos, CA)

Assignee: INCA Technology, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 12/26 (20060101); H04L 12/24 (20060101); H04L 29/12 (20060101); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013