Patent Number: 6,763,391

Title: Method and apparatus for managing resource allocation and a bandwidth overflow in a cooperative, distributed computing environment

Abstract: A method of and apparatus for managing resource allocation and bandwidth overflow manages data transmissions between a sourcing device and one or more listening devices through a single source plug. When a new selection request is submitted it is determined if the selection request will exceed the bandwidth capabilities of any devices. The selection request includes a warning bit, specifying whether or not the sourcing device should automatically free up the necessary bandwidth and implement the selection or reject the selection request and warn the requesting device. When selections are implemented, the sourcing device maintains a record of each requesting device which has requested a selection. Then, when a device requests that a selection be cleared, the status of a scope bit within the request is determined. The scope bit specifies whether or not the selection should be cleared if other devices are also associated with the selection.

Inventors: Ludtke; Aaron (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Sony Corporation

International Classification: H04N 7/24 (20060101); H04N 7/16 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101); H04L 12/28 (20060101); H04N 5/00 (20060101); G06F 015/16 (); G06F 003/00 (); H04N 007/20 ()

Expiration Date: 07/13/2021