Patent Number: 6,311,206

Title: Method and apparatus for providing awareness-triggered push

Abstract: A method and a computer program device for pushing data from at least one source entity to at least one client entity over a network, a client entity being characterized as having a particular operating state. The method and computer program device comprise the steps of: transferring data from the at least one source entity to a push proxy entity for subsequent transmission of the data to the client entity; requesting a notification regarding the particular state of the client entity; monitoring a state of the client entity until the client entity is in the particular operating state and sending a notification communicating the state to the push proxy entity; and transferring data to the client entity in response to receiving the notification. The state notification may specify push information, which may be used to determine a least expensive device to which to transfer given data. The state notification also reduces the network-polling load by initiating each poll.

Inventors: Malkin; Peter Kenneth (Ardsley, NY), Yu; Philip Shi-lung (Chappaqua, NY)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); G06F 013/00 (); G06F 011/30 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018