Patent Number: 7,089,464

Title: System and method for transparent electronic data transfer using error correction to facilitate bandwidth-efficient data recovery

Abstract: The invention disclosed herein includes a system and method for electronically transferring data through a communications connection in a transparent manner such that the data transfer does not interfere with other traffic sharing the connection. The invention transfers data using bandwidth of the connection that other traffic are not using. If other traffic desires to use the bandwidth currently being used by the invention, the invention relinquishes the bandwidth to the other traffic and retreats to avoid bandwidth contention. Although a retreat may cause gaps in the data transferred, a key aspect of the invention is that any missing data due to these gaps is recovered easily and in a bandwidth-efficient way using novel error correction and recovery.

Inventors: Herley; Cormac (Bellevue, WA), England; Paul (Bellevue, WA)

Assignee: Microsoft Corporation

International Classification: H03M 13/39 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/08/02018