METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT, SELF-MANAGED, DECENTRALIZED CONNECTION POOL MANAGEMENT POOL
This application claims priority from the following copending application, which is hereby incorporated in their entirety: U.S. Provisional Patent Application No. 60/942,940 entitled “METHOD FOR INTELLIGENT, SELF-MANAGED, DECENTRALIZED CONNECTION POOL MANAGEMENT POOL”, by David Kelly filed on Jun. 8, 2007.
The present invention relates to the transfer of information between servers.
Often multiple servers, such as search servers or application servers need to communicate. A typical technique is for the servers to open a dedicated TCP/IP connection with other servers when they need to communicate.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWINGS
FIG. 1 shows a system where servers use a connection pool to connect to other servers.
FIG. 2 shows a system where the connection pools provide a connection from a server in one partition to a server in another partition.
In one embodiment, a system 100 comprises a server 102 connected to a set of other servers 104 and 106 using a connection pool of connections. When information is to be sent to one of the set of other servers 104 and 106, the server 102 can obtain a connection 10811 or 10819 from the connection pool 108.
The connection pool 108 can set up the connections 108a and 1081) before the server 102 needs to use the connections. The connections 108a and 1081) can be TCP connections.
FIG. 2 shows a system where a connection pool 202 at a server makes connection with one server in each of multiple sets of servers. For example, if an operation needs to obtain data from one of the servers in each of a partition 206, 208 and 21 0, the connection pool can be used to get a connection to the needed servers. For example, server 204 can use connection pool 202 to get a connection 20211 to server 212 in partition 208 and server 214 in partition 210.
The connection pool can be aware of the topology of the network. In the example of FIG. 2, the connection pool can be aware of the partition arrangement of the servers of FIG. 2 and provide a connection to a server in each of the other partitions. In one example, the connection pool uses the partition information to pass a request to one and only one server in the other partitions.
The connection pool can be in charge of keeping connections open and assigning the connections as needed.
The search data can be stored in partitions, each partition containing a portion of the search data. For example, the search servers can store parts of the search data in each partition. Each server of a partition can store the same data. Searches can get search data from each partition to provide a single output. A description of such a system is given in the patent application “Improved Search System” Ser. No. 60/821,621 incorporated herein by reference.
The servers can check for incoming data from the connections. This can be done by using a queue or other structure.
Embodiments of the present invention can include computer-based methods and systems which may be implemented using conventional general purpose or a specialized digital computer(s) or microprocessor(s), programmed according to the teachings of the present disclosure. Appropriate software coding can readily be prepared by programmers based on the teachings of the present disclosure.
Embodiments of the present invention can include a computer readable medium, such as computer readable storage medium. The computer readable storage medium can have stored instructions which can be used to program a computer to perform any of the features present herein. The storage medium can include, but is not limited to, any type of disk including floppy disks, optical discs, DVD, CD-ROMs, micro drive, and magneto-optical disks, ROMs, RAMs, EPROMs, EEPROMs, DRAMs, flash memory or any media or device suitable for storing instructions and/or data. The present invention can include software for controlling both the hardware of a computer, such as general purpose/ specialized computer(s) or microprocessor(s), and for enabling them to interact with a human user or other mechanism utilizing the results of the present invention. Such software may include, but is not limited to, device drivers, operating systems, execution environments/ containers, and user applications.
Embodiments of the present invention can include providing code for implementing processes of the present invention. The providing can include providing code to a user in any manner. For example, the providing can include transmitting digital signals containing the code to a user; providing the code on a physical media to a user; or any other method of making the code available.
Embodiments of the present invention can include a computer-implemented method for transmitting the code which can be executed at a computer to perform any of the processes of embodiments of the present invention. The transmitting can include transfer through any portion of a network, such as the Internet; through wires, the atmosphere or space; or any other type of transmission. The transmitting can include initiating a transmission of code; or causing the code to pass into any region or country from another region or country. A transmission to a user can include any transmission received by the user in any region or country, regardless of the location from which the transmission is sent.
Embodiments of the present invention can include a signal containing code which can be executed at a computer to perform any of the processes of embodiments of the present invention. The signal can be transmitted through a network, such as the Internet; through wires, the atmosphere or space; or any other type of transmission. The entire signal need not be in transit at the same time. The signal can extend in time over the period of its transfer. The signal is not to be considered as a snapshot of what is currently in transit.
The forgoing description of preferred embodiments of the present invention has been provided for the purposes of illustration and description. It is not intended to be exhaustive or to limit the invention to the precise forms disclosed. Many modifications and variations will be apparent to one of ordinary skill in the relevant arts. For example, steps preformed in the embodiments of the invention disclosed can be performed in alternate orders, certain steps can be omitted, and additional steps can be added. The embodiments were chosen and described in order to best explain the principles of the invention and its practical application, thereby enabling others skilled in the art to understand the invention for various embodiments and with various modifications that are suited