Cloudflare has been granted a patent for a method that optimizes the execution of code in a distributed cloud computing network. The method involves receiving a request from a client device, determining the code to be executed, selecting a datacenter based on optimization goals, executing the code at the selected datacenter, receiving the result, and transmitting a response to the client device based on the result. GlobalData’s report on Cloudflare gives a 360-degree view of the company including its patenting strategy. Buy the report here.

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Distributed cloud computing network optimization for executing code

Source: United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Credit: Cloudflare Inc

A recently granted patent (Publication Number: US11755381B1) describes a method for optimizing the execution of code in a distributed cloud computing network. The method involves receiving a request from a client device at a datacenter and determining if the request triggers the execution of code. If so, the method selects a datacenter based on an optimization goal, such as minimizing latency or minimizing expenses. The code is then executed at the selected datacenter, and the result is transmitted back to the client device.

The patent also covers scenarios where the code includes transmitting multiple requests to external destinations. In these cases, the method may access configuration information provided by the customer to determine the destinations for the requests. Alternatively, a machine learning model may be used to predict the destinations based on the parameters of the initial request.

The method also includes the ability to determine if certain requests need to be made in serial, and this information is taken into account when selecting the datacenter for execution. Additionally, the patent describes scenarios where multiple parts of the code need to be executed at different datacenters, and the method selects the appropriate datacenters based on the optimization goal.

The patent covers various embodiments, including a non-transitory machine-readable storage medium that provides instructions for performing the method and an apparatus with a processor and storage medium for executing the instructions.

Overall, this patent describes a method for optimizing the execution of code in a distributed cloud computing network, taking into account factors such as latency, expenses, and the need for serial requests. The method aims to improve the performance and efficiency of cloud computing systems.

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