Systems and methods for providing increased server performance, in a communications network
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Citation (published version)Greg Blonder. "Systems and methods for providing increased server performance, in a communications network." U.S. Patent 5,946,299-A.
Systems and methods for automatically increasing server performance in a communications network are presented. Individual servers are provided with the capability to automatically reject incoming communications when a performance evaluation by the receiving server indicates that performance will be significantly, negatively affected by processing the new communication (i.e., the server will begin to be overloaded and performance will suffer). In rejecting the incoming communication, the server sends the received packet back to the sending server along with a rejected message and a secondary transmission address (i.e., an alternate end-server). The initial sending server then re-transmits the communication using the secondary address as the primary address. The techniques of the present invention are particularly applicable to servers used to provide toll free service--where the dialed number is not the actual destination number. Other applications of the present invention are also disclosed.