Patent Number: 7,822,860

Title: Method and apparatus for dynamic reconfiguration of web services infrastructure

Abstract: The invention provides a software construct, herein termed a Web service container, for managing Web services at a network node and an adaptive model for the dynamic configuration of a plurality of Web service containers distributed throughout a network, such as the Internet or an intranet, in a software and hardware platform-independent manner. Containers can communicate with each other via the network to determine contextual information such as the identity of each other, the capabilities of each other, the operating system or platforms of each others, the contents of the container (i.e., the available Web services at that location), etc. By providing a container framework and the ability to exchange contextual information, the present invention allows servers as well as clients to dynamically exchange Web services software as well as contextual information, such as current workload, so that servers and clients are virtually limitlessly reconfigurable based on context.

Inventors: Brown; Kyle G. (Apex, NC), Graham; Stephen Glen (Chapel Hill, NC), Miller; Steven M. (Apex, NC), Weitzel; Mark Douglas (Durham, NC)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2018-10-26 0:00:00