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A distributed collaborative computer system is provided that comprises a plurality of server computers interconnected via a high-speed link. Client computers can connect to any available server computer and start or join a conference hosted on either the server computer to which the client computer is connected or any other server in the system. As a result, the system and method of the present invention is easily scalable to support an arbitrary number of participants to a conference by merely adding the appropriate number of server computers to the system. In addition, by replicating the conference information on more than one server computer, the single point of failure limitation is eliminated. In fact, if a server hosting or participating in a conference malfunctions, the failure is detected by other server computers and the client computer is able to reconnect to the conference through a new server computer.

Title
Fault tolerant server architecture for collaborative computing
Application Number
9/752376
Publication Number
6925645 (B2)
Application Date
December 29, 2000
Publication Date
August 2, 2005
Inventor
Bin Zhao
San Jose
CA, US
Min Zhu
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Agent
Sidley Austin Brown & Wood
Assignee
Webex Communications
CA, US
IPC
G06F 009/00
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