05553239 is referenced by 202 patents and cites 16 patents.

Disclosed is a server architecture for connecting to a plurality of remote client computers each seeking access to applications resident on the server. The architecture provides (1) a reliable, single point of entry for client users that enforces security and recovers immediately from failures; (2) connection management that monitors the user's level of online activity, terminating inactive connections both to save system resources and to limit unnecessary connection charges to the user; (3) application management that spreads users optimally among active application instances, maintaining a pool of available applications, initiating new instances when the pool is low, and which records a user's utilization of different applications for billing purposes; (4) system integrity, which is achieved through division of transaction-management responsibility among the various interrelated components of the invention; and (5) continuous, uninterrupted operation. The invention distributes tasks to different functional modules in a manner that promotes efficiency and ready accommodation of large numbers of users without processing delays.

Title
Management facility for server entry and application utilization in a multi-node server configuration
Application Number
8/337943
Publication Number
5553239
Application Date
November 10, 1994
Publication Date
September 3, 1996
Inventor
Sangam Pant
Winchester
MA, US
Michael F Kraley
Lexington
MA, US
David M Heath
Nashua
NH, US
Agent
Cesari and McKenna
Assignee
AT&T Corporation
NJ, US
IPC
G06F 11/34
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