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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
Distributed network system architecture for collaborative computing
Application Number
9/751424
Publication Number
7130883 (B2)
Application Date
December 29, 2000
Publication Date
October 31, 2006
Inventor
Zheng Yuan
Fremont
CA, US
Shi Yan
Fremont
CA, US
Bin Zhao
San Jose
CA, US
Guanghong Yang
Mountain View
CA, US
Steven Li
San Jose
CA, US
Jian Shen
Santa Clara
CA, US
Min Zhu
Los Altos Hills
CA, US
Agent
Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
Assignee
WebEx Communications
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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