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Input or output circuit, per se (i.e., line interface)

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370351000 - PATHFINDING OR ROUTING

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370420000 For connecting plural subscribers to a network (i.e., network termination) 12
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20130028267Sharing A Transmission Control Protocol Port By A Plurality Of Applications - Methods, apparatuses, and computer program products for sharing a transmission control protocol (TCP) port by a plurality of applications are provided. Embodiments include receiving, by a transmission controller from a client, a first TCP packet that includes an indication of a new TCP connection for a TCP port; determining, by the transmission controller, an origination of the first TCP packet; identifying, by the transmission controller, a TCP sequence number range associated with the determined origination; selecting, by the transmission controller, an initial sequence number (ISN) within the identified TCP sequence number range; and sending, by the transmission controller to the client, a second TCP packet that includes the selected ISN.01-31-2013
20090116505Service Based VLAN Stacking - A device and method are described herein for group profiling traffic (e.g., voice, data, high-speed data, video, multicast stream) which is received at a plurality of incoming ports. In one embodiment, the method includes the steps of: (a) receiving different types of traffic at the plurality of ports; (b) classifying the different types of traffic into different types of service access points; and (c) applying profiles of the different types of service access points to the corresponding different types of traffic, wherein the same type of traffic which is received by at least two ports of the plurality of ports will share the profile of the corresponding classified service access point.05-07-2009
20120183001Network apparatus, network configuration method and program recording medium which records a network apparatus program - A network apparatus includes a first interface unit which connects a host which holds a plurality of I/O buses and an own network apparatus via a network, a second interface unit which connects a peripheral device which holds a plurality of I/O interfaces and an own network apparatus, a control unit which controls the plurality of I/O interfaces to be connected to branches of the different I/O buses respectively.07-19-2012
20130077637HIGH SPEED FIBRE CHANNEL SWITCH ELEMENT - A high-speed Fibre Channel switch element in a Fibre Channel network is provided. The Fibre Channel switch element includes, a rate select module that allows a port in the Fibre Channel switch element to operate at a rate equal to and/or higher than 10 gigabits per second (“G”). The port may operate at 20 G, 40 G or at a rate greater than 40 G. Also, a cut status is provided for cut-through routing between ports operating at different speed. Plural transmit and receive lines are used for port operation at a rate equal to or higher than 10 G.03-28-2013
20130034109Distributed Overlay Network Data Traffic Management by a Virtual Server - An approach is provided in which a data traffic module executing on a network interface card receives a data packet initiated by a first virtual machine with a destination at a second virtual machine. The data traffic module identifies one or more physical path translations corresponding to a logical connectivity that is independent of physical topology constraints of a physical network. In turn, the data traffic module encapsulates the data packet with the one or more physical path translations and sends the encapsulated data packet to the second virtual machine over the physical network.02-07-2013
20100040078Method and Apparatus for Centralized Selection of a Control Network - An apparatus and method for centrally selecting a control network from redundant control networks is described. In one embodiment of the invention, a network element includes a first control network and a second control network. Each line card implements a bonding interface to bond a first port coupled with the first control network and a second port coupled with the second control network. On each line card, the first and second ports receive a control network selection message from the first and second control networks respectively. A link layer driver on each line card interprets those selection messages and determines which control network is active and reports that control network as up to the bonding interface and reports the other control network as down to the bonding interface. The bonding interface selects the control network reported as up and application software uses that control network.02-18-2010
20100067540APPARATUS AND METHOD FOR PROCESSING IP PACKET FRAGMENTATION IN ROUTING SYSTEM USING NETWORK PROCESSOR - An apparatus and method for processing IP packet fragmentation in a routing system using a network processor includes an ingress network processor receiving a packet, and if the received packet is greater than MTU, fragmenting the packet rather than sending the packet to a control processor to fragment the packet. All packets are processed using a fragmentation-based packet-processing method as a result of packet encapsulation, which is caused for mobility support in an IPv4 router. In addition, all the packets are processed by micro-engines, a data plane processor, irrespective of whether fragmentation is to be performed. Accordingly, the same packet-processing rate can be supported to mobile nodes irrespective of mobility or packet size.03-18-2010
20130051402Poe Communication Bus, Interface, and Protocol Between Poe Subsystem And Phy or Switch Subsystems - Provided is a communications interface system. The communications interface system includes one or more protocol modules configured to include interface protocols that facilitate communication between a switching subsystem, a physical layer subsystem, and a Power over Ethernet subsystem. The protocol modules are connectable to a communications bus.02-28-2013
20090041049LOAD BALANCING FOR COMMUNICATIONS WITHIN A MULTIPROCESSOR COMPUTER SYSTEM - In a system having a N output ports, wherein N is an integer greater than one, a method of distributing packets across the plurality of output ports. A packet having two or more fields is received and a first number is computed as a function of one or more of the plurality of fields. A second number is computed that is modulo base N of the first number and an output port is selected as a function of the second number.02-12-2009
20110013642Circuit arrangement, systems for transmitting a serial data stream, pixel matrix display and method for transmitting a serial data stream - A circuit arrangement comprises an input circuit for reading in a serial data stream, which comprises a plurality of useful data bits, and for reading in a piece of information which indicates the start of the serial data stream. The circuit arrangement also comprises a data processing circuit for removing at least one useful data bit from the read-in, serial data stream. The data processing circuit is designed such that it removes the at least one useful data bit at a prescribed position after the start of the serial data stream. The circuit arrangement also comprises a first output circuit for outputting the read-in, serial data stream for the omission of the at least one removed useful data bit.01-20-2011
20090268749ENHANCED CMTS FOR RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, AND SERVICEABILITY - A Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) is partitioned into Line Cards, I/O Cards, and a midplane to provide enhanced Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability. Each I/O Card provides a cabling interface for coupling an assigned Line Card to other portions of a Hybrid-Fiber-Coax Network. A plurality of RF signals is coupled via connectors between each Line Card and a corresponding I/O Card, via the midplane. This permits a Line Card to be removed for servicing without requiring recabling of the corresponding I/O Card. Preferably, a rectangular-multi-pin collinear connector-cascade (Line Card jack, midplane double-plug, and I/O Card jack) is used to couple the plurality of RF signals. The connector-cascade is configured with protective RF ground pins adjacent and surrounding each of a plurality of RF signal pins. This approach permits each Line Card to be removed or inserted in a single action, without attention to individual RF interconnects, yet meets all system RF requirements while using relatively inexpensive connectors. The I/O Cards preferably include a distributed backup bus that permits one of the Line Cards in the CMTS to serve as a designated backup. The backup bus enables assignment of the designated backup Line Card to the I/O Card associated with a failing Line Card, without requiring recabling of any I/O Card. In conjunction with a signal processing architecture that permits dynamically programmable channel assignments, the backup bus facilitates rapid and fully automated failover. The Line Cards are preferably further partitioned into easily replaceable sections, including IF-to-RF and signal processing modules.10-29-2009
20090268748METHOD, APPARATUS AND SYSTEM FOR A STACKABLE ETHERNET SWITCH - Implementation of non-blocking switch stacking capability for a switch device using a plug-in stacking module to connect to the switch device. In one embodiment, the plug-in stacking module receives switched data from one switch means of the connected switch device and switches the received switch data to another switch means of the same switch device. In another embodiment, switching configurations are changed so that operation of the switch device in combination with the plug-in stacking module increases a total number of ports for which non-blocking switching is supported.10-29-2009
20090232152METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR AGGREGATING PORTS - A method for aggregating ports includes: when creating a static link aggregation group (LAG) at the local end, judging whether a port receives an aggregation packet sent from the peer end; if yes, determining the state of the port according to the Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP); otherwise, maintaining the state of the port carrying services. An apparatus for aggregating ports includes a static port aggregation processing unit, an opposite state detecting unit and a port state setting unit. The present invention can create a static LAG without any impact on the original services of ports, and can speed up changing the state of the opposite end and shorten the duration of the impact on services when deleting a static LAG or a member port thereof.09-17-2009
20090232151MULTI-RATE BACKPLANE TRANSCEIVER - An apparatus is disclosed that includes first transceiver circuitry adapted for transmitting and receiving Ethernet data over a network using a first Ethernet communication protocol at a first data rate, second transceiver circuitry adapted for transmitting and receiving Ethernet data over a network using a second Ethernet communication protocol at a second data rate; and third transceiver circuitry adapted for transmitting and receiving Ethernet data over a network using a third Ethernet communication protocol at a third data rate.09-17-2009
20080310442Method And System For Performing Edge To Edge Pseudo Wire Emulation Of Bundling Interface - A method and system for performing edge to edge pseudo wire emulation of the bundling interface in telecommunication field. The method includes: assigning the sub-channel number for the established member bundling interface and negotiating the bundling parameter; forwarding the user message through the aforementioned established bundling interface; and sending the message to the corresponding member interface based on the sub-channel number.12-18-2008
20080310441GENERAL PURPOSE PHYSICAL DATA TRANSMISSION PORT - A physical data transmission port in a network element of a data network, suited for realizing for instance both an electric packet switched Ethernet connection and an electric time slot switched E1/T1 connection. It has surprisingly been found out that the electric connector (12-18-2008
20090232150SERVICE EDGE PLATFORM ARCHITECTURE FOR A MULTI-SERVICE ACCESS NETWORK - A service edge node for a multi-service access (MSA) network is provided. The service edge node includes a line card, numerous service cards, a control system, and switching fabric. The line card receives packets from an access network and removes framing information from the packets to provide raw packets. For each of the packets, the raw packet from the line card is directed to one of the service cards. In one embodiment, each of the service cards is dedicated to a particular logical channel, and the line card is configured to direct the packets based on the logical channels. In another embodiment, each of the service cards is dedicated to a particular traffic type, and the line card directs the raw packets to the service cards based on a preconfigured table from the control system defining the traffic type of each of the service cards.09-17-2009
20130163607METHODS AND APPARATUS FOR A DISTRIBUTED FIBRE CHANNEL CONTROL PLANE - In some embodiments, a system includes a set of network control entities associated with a distributed multi-stage switch. Each network control entity from the set of network control entities is configured to manage at least one edge device having a set of ports and coupled to the distributed multi-stage switch. Each network control entity from the set of network control entities is associated with a unique set of identifiers. A network control entity from the set of network control entities is configured to assign a unique identifier from its unique set of identifiers to a port from the set of ports of the at least one edge device in response to the network control entity receiving a login request associated with the port.06-27-2013
20130163608COMMUNICATION CONTROL DEVICE, PARALLEL COMPUTER SYSTEM, AND COMMUNICATION CONTROL METHOD - A communication control device includes a plurality of inputting units to which a packet is inputted a plurality of outputting units to which the packet is outputted a selector that selects an output packet to output from an identical outputting unit among a plurality of conflict packets having the identical outputting unit as a destination, the plurality of conflict packets being selected among a plurality of packets inputted to the plurality of inputting units, based on priority information set in each conflict packet and a processing unit that updates the respective priority information of unselected packets not selected as the output packet by the selector among the plurality of conflict packets based on weighting information in accordance with a packet size.06-27-2013
20130163609SERIAL COMMUNICATION DEVICE AND SERIAL COMMUNICATION METHOD - A serial communication device has: a MAC (Media Access Control), a mask circuit and a buffer. The MAC conforms to Serial Media Independent Interface specification and outputs an identical segment data for plural times within a unit period. The mask circuit is configured to mask a predetermined segment data out of the plurality of identical segment data and to output the other segment data out of the plurality of identical segment data. The buffer is configured to receive the segment data output from the mask circuit and to output the received segment data to a physical layer device in synchronization with a clock signal.06-27-2013
20100046537METHODS FOR INTELLIGENT NIC BONDING AND LOAD-BALANCING - Methods, devices, and media for intelligent NIC bonding and load-balancing including the steps of: providing a packet at an incoming-packet port of a gateway; attaching an incoming-port identification, associated with the incoming-packet port, to the packet; routing the packet to a processing core; passing the packet through a gateway processing; sending the packet, by the core, to the operating system of a host system; and routing the packet to an outgoing-packet port of the gateway based on the incoming-port identification. Preferably, the gateway processing includes security processing of the packets. Preferably, the step of routing the packet to the outgoing-packet port is based solely on the incoming-port identification. Preferably, an outgoing-port identification, associated with the outgoing-packet port, has an identical bond-index to the incoming-port identification. Preferably, the gateway includes a plurality of incoming-packet ports, a plurality of respective incoming-port identifications, a plurality of processing cores, and a plurality of outgoing-packet ports.02-25-2010
20110280255Locally unique node port identifiers - In one embodiment, a method includes selecting a locally unique node port identifier at a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) node in communication with at least one other FCoE node through an Ethernet network, discovering a virtual node port at the other FCoE node, and establishing a virtual link between the FCoE nodes for use in local communication over the Ethernet network. An apparatus and logic are also disclosed.11-17-2011
20110280256Dynamic Assignment of Signals to Ports in an Access Platform - Signals may be forwarded to a variety of ports for transmission. The signals may be modulated for transmission. The forwarding of signals to ports may be accomplished by forwarding the signals to one or more signal modulators using a processing unit. The mapping of signals to ports may change responsive to a triggering event.11-17-2011
20120189019CLUSTER ROUTER AND CLUSTER ROUTING METHOD - A cluster router includes at least one control apparatus and at least two forwarding apparatuses. The control apparatus is connected to the forwarding apparatuses, and the forwarding apparatuses are connected with each other. The control apparatus is configured to generate a routing table of each forwarding apparatus and a packet processing information conversion table of each forwarding apparatus. The forwarding apparatus is configured to receive the routing table of the forwarding apparatus and the packet processing information conversion table of the forwarding apparatus, and execute data exchange between the forwarding apparatuses according to the routing table and the packet processing information conversion table.07-26-2012
20090213867BLADE ROUTER WITH NAT SUPPORT - A blade router for increased interface scalability is provided. The blade router may address interface scalability by having each of the linecards manage its interfaces locally and may use the concept of virtual and local interfaces for intelligent forwarding. The blade router may appear as a single router from the customer perspective during configuration. For some embodiments, two virtual interfaces may be used, one for regular interface traffic and another for Network Address Translation (NAT)-enabled interface traffic.08-27-2009
20110299552SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR IDENTIFYING MULTIPLE PATHS BETWEEN NETWORK NODES - Aspects of the invention pertain to transmitting packet data across a computer network. The packets may be sent via one or more distinct routes from a source to a destination. Each route may employ multiple routers disposed along the network. Non-colliding routes are determined by transmitting pairs of probe packets along the routes. A first probe packet has a maximal length, and a second probe packet has a minimal length. Depending on the order of arrival of the probe packets, the system determines whether two transport layer ports at the destination device collide. If there is a collision, then the system searches for a set of non-colliding ports. Once the non-colliding ports are determined, application data may be sent as packets along the different routes to those ports.12-08-2011
20090097496Video Signal Switching System - A video signal switching system wherein existing network components and the like are used to perform a switching process, thereby reducing the costs and improving the versatility as well. As a solution, a video signal switching system is provided which comprises a plurality of input port components that acquire non-packet digital consecutive signals; a plurality of output port components that output the non-packet digital consecutive signals; a packetizing unit that packetizes the acquired non-packet digital consecutive signals into packets after associating them with the input port identification information of the input port components having acquired them; a switch unit that distributes the packets to the output port components in accordance with the input port identification information associated with those packets; and a restoring unit that restores the packet signals distributed by the switch unit to the non-packet digital consecutive signals.04-16-2009
20090067446Multi-part parsing in a network device - A network device for processing data on a data network includes a plurality of ports configured to receive data from a data network and to send processed data to the data network, and a multi-part parser configured to parse the data received. The multi-part parser comprises several parsing blocks configured to serially parse the data, with each block designated to parse particular values and where each block but a first block receives parsed data from a prior block with the particular values at a zero offset position.03-12-2009
20090290594Method and Device for Transmitting Signal Between Devices - The transmission side device 11-26-2009
20090147797APPARATUS AND METHODS USING A LINEAR MEMORY MODEL FOR ENCODER OUTPUT BUFFERS - Apparatus and methods for using a linear memory model for encoder output buffering are disclosed. The apparatus and method effect linear memory output buffering by dividing an encoder operation having N sequential frames to be encoded by an encoder into N encoder operations each designated for a single frame transmission, such as in the case of extended frame transmissions having multiple frames. Bits of the N encoder operations are then sequentially buffered in an encoder output buffer, wherein bits of each buffered encoder operation of the N encoder operations are read out of the buffer to a multiplexer engine while bits of a next encoder operation of the N encoder operations is being stored in the encoder output buffer.06-11-2009
20120189020AUTO MED ID ASSIGNMENT WITHIN CFM MAINTENANCE ASSOCIATION - A device may include a maintenance association endpoint configured to select a maintenance association endpoint identifier, transmit the maintenance association endpoint identifier to one or more other maintenance association endpoints, and automatically assign the maintenance association endpoint identifier to the maintenance association endpoint if it is determined that the maintenance association endpoint identifier is available based on a conflict message received from one of the one more other maintenance association endpoints.07-26-2012
20100091786Control of a Computing System Having Adjustable Inputs - A technique for controlling an output of a computing system having multiple adjustable inputs includes providing a set of adjustable inputs to the computing system, observing an output of the computing system while the system is in operation, and selecting a subset of adjustable inputs from the set of adjustable inputs based on the observation of the output. The inputs in the selected subset are then adjusted to achieve a desired output of the computing system.04-15-2010
20100091787DIRECT INTER-THREAD COMMUNICATION BUFFER THAT SUPPORTS SOFTWARE CONTROLLED ARBITRARY VECTOR OPERAND SELECTION IN A DENSELY THREADED NETWORK ON A CHIP - A computer-implemented method, system and computer program product for retrieving arbitrarily aligned vector operands within a highly threaded Network On a Chip (NOC) processor are presented. Multiple nodes in a NOC are able to access a single Compressed Direct Interthread Communication Buffer (CDICB), which contains a misaligned but compacted set of operands. Using information from a Special Purpose Register (SPR) within the NOC, each node is able to selectively extract one or more operands from the CDICB for use in an execution unit within that node. Output from the execution unit is then sent to the CDICB to update the compacted set of operands.04-15-2010
20110261832METHOD, SYSTEM, AND APPARATUS FOR EXCHANGING INPUT AND OUTPUT DATA - A method for exchanging data using a controller includes selectively setting an exchange mode to one of a synchronous mode and an asynchronous mode, and determining whether to execute an input data exchange or an output data exchange. The input data exchange is based at least in part on an input reference that identifies an input/output (I/O) module from which the input data is retrieved, and the output data exchange is based at least in part on an output reference that identifies the I/O module to store the output data.10-27-2011
20100085981PORT TRUNKING AT A FABRIC BOUNDARY - F_PORTs of an edge switch are logically trunking with N_PORTs of a node device outside the fabric via a trunked group of communications links. The trunked N_PORTs of the node device and the trunked F_PORTs of the edge switch are configured to send and receive frames of a particular stream across the multiple trunked links for in-order communication with the other device. The node device outside the fabric initially negotiates with the edge switch using a sequence of fabric login requests and fabric login acceptances to establish the trunked connection between the devices (and their respective ports).04-08-2010
20090086751Adaptive Interrupt On Serial Rapid Input/Output (SRIO) Endpoint - A serial buffer is configured to transmit a plurality of received data packets through a data packet transfer path to a host processor. A doorbell controller of the serial buffer monitors the number of data packets transmitted to the host processor through the data packet transfer path, and estimates the number of data packets actually received by the host processor. The doorbell controller generates a doorbell command each time that the estimated number of data packets corresponds with a fixed number of data packets in a frame. The doorbell commands are transmitted to the host processor on a doorbell command path, which is faster than the data packet transfer path. The doorbell controller may estimate the number of data packets actually received by the host processor in response to a first delay value, which represents how much faster the doorbell command path is than the data packet transfer path.04-02-2009
20110200055ENHANCED CMTS FOR RELIABILITY, AVAILABILITY, AND SERVICEABILITY - A Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) is partitioned into Line Cards, I/O Cards, and a midplane to provide enhanced Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability. Each I/O Card provides a cabling interface for coupling an assigned Line Card to other portions of a Hybrid-Fiber-Coax Network. A plurality of RF signals is coupled via connectors between each Line Card and a corresponding I/O Card, via the midplane. This permits a Line Card to be removed for servicing without requiring recabling of the corresponding I/O Card. Preferably, a rectangular-multi-pin collinear connector-cascade (Line Card jack, midplane double-plug, and I/O Card jack) is used to couple the plurality of RF signals. The connector-cascade is configured with protective RF ground pins adjacent and surrounding each of a plurality of RF signal pins. This approach permits each Line Card to be removed or inserted in a single action, without attention to individual RF interconnects, yet meets all system RF requirements while using relatively inexpensive connectors. The I/O Cards preferably include a distributed backup bus that permits one of the Line Cards in the CMTS to serve as a designated backup. The backup bus enables assignment of the designated backup Line Card to the I/O Card associated with a failing Line Card, without requiring recabling of any I/O Card. In conjunction with a signal processing architecture that permits dynamically programmable channel assignments, the backup bus facilitates rapid and fully automated failover. The Line Cards are preferably further partitioned into easily replaceable sections, including IF-to-RF and signal processing modules.08-18-2011
20090262750Transmission Information Transfer Apparatus and its Method - A transmission information transfer apparatus includes: an FDB that manages IP addresses in association with a plurality of respective input/output sections; an IP packet recognition section that determines whether input transmission information includes an IP address indicating the destination of the input transmission information; an FDB reference section and output port determination section that determine, in the case where the input transmission information includes an IP address, whether the IP address included in the input transmission information and predetermined IP address associated with any one of the plurality of input/output sections different from an input/output section coincides with one another; and an output port determination section that sets, in the case where it has been determined that the IP address included in the input transmission information as the destination of the input transmission information and the predetermined IP address coincides with one another, any one of the plurality of input/output sections.10-22-2009
20090274162PORT EXPANDER FOR FIBRE CHANNEL FABRICS IN STORAGE AREA NETWORKS - An port expander Fibre Channel switch presents F_ports to form a first Fibre Channel fabric and N_ports to a second Fibre Channel fabric to appear as node devices. The port expander may be used to connect a plurality of blade servers to a Fibre Channel fabric. Fabric events engendered by the insertion or removal of hot-pluggable devices are handled by the port expander and “event storms” on the Fibre Channel fabric are avoided. The port expander presents the blade servers to the FC fabric as a virtualized N_port.11-05-2009
20090279561Backplane Interface Adapter - A backplane interface adapter for a network switch. The backplane interface adapter includes at least one receiver that receives input cells carrying packets of data; at least one cell generator that generates encoded cells which include the packets of data from the input cells; and at least one transmitter that transmits the generated cells to a switching fabric. The cell includes a destination slot identifier that identifies a slot of the switching fabric towards which the respective input cell is being sent. The generated cells include in-band control information.11-12-2009
20090285233MULTI-SERVICE PHY BOX - A data communication system includes multiple Media Access Control (MAC) units, multiple physical layer (PHY) interface units, and logic to communicate between the MAC units and the PHY units using a single tunneling protocol over Internet Protocol (IP).11-19-2009
20090290595NETWORK SWITCHING IN A NETWORK INTERFACE DEVICE AND METHOD OF USE THEREOF - A network interface device includes a host port, two network ports, and a switch that can direct communications between the host port, and the two network ports. A data processing system includes an information handling system coupled to a first network, and second and third information handling systems. The information handling systems are coupled in series. Communications received by the network that are addressed to the first information handling system are sent to the first information handling system, but not to the second or third information handling system. A method includes directing a communication from an information handling system to a first port when the communication has a target address that is less than the address of the information handling system or to a second port when the communication has a target address that is greater than the address of the information handling system.11-26-2009
20090067444Virtual networks in a communication system architecture - A method may include assigning to one or more I/O channels masks of message types that may pass through the channels, and when a message is sent or received, assigning to the message a channel having a mask that matches a type of the message.03-12-2009
20120294316VIRTUAL SERVICE DOMAINS - In one embodiment, ports of a network device are assigned to virtual service domains (VSDs). The ports are coupled to a virtual Ethernet module (VEM) of the network device. Each VSD is associated with one or more virtual service engines (VSEs) in a particular order. Each VSE is configured to apply a particular service to traffic traversing the VSE. Traffic received at a virtual Ethernet module (VEM) of the network device that is destined for a particular VSD, and is received on a port that has not been assigned to the particular VSD, is forwarded to the particular VSD via the one or more VSEs associated with the particular VSD such that the traffic traverses the one or more VSEs in the particular order.11-22-2012
20110206058Automatic Determination of Groupings of Communications Interfaces - A particular networked machine broadcasts packets from its interfaces resulting in patterns of returned copies of the sent broadcast packets received on its interfaces. Based on these patterns, a determination is made to identify groupings of one or more of the interfaces that are considered by remote devices as being grouped together, as a broadcast packet transmitted from an interface belonging to a grouping will be received on, and only on, a single interface in each of the other groupings, with a grouping being one or more interfaces. In one implementation, a grouping is defined as a single independent interface, or an aggregation of two or more interfaces combined into a single logical interface, such as, but not limited to that of a PortChannel.08-25-2011
20100061393System and Method for High Speed Packet Transmission - The present invention provides systems and methods for providing data transmission speeds at or in excess of 10 gigabits per second between one or more source devices and one or more destination devices. According to one embodiment, the system of the present invention comprises a first and second media access control (MAC) interfaces to facilitate receipt and transmission of packets over an associated set of physical interfaces. The system also contemplates a first and second field programmable gate arrays (FPGA) coupled to the MAC interfaces and an associated first and second memory structures, the first and second FPGAs are configured to perform initial processing of packets received from the first and second MAC interfaces and to schedule the transmission of packets to the first and second MAC interface for transmission to one or more destination devices. The first and second FPGAs are further operative to dispatch and retrieve packets to and from the first and second memory structures. A third FPGA, coupled to the first and second memory structures and a backplane, is operative to retrieve and dispatch packets to and from the first and second memory structures, compute appropriate destinations for packets and organize packets for transmission. The third FPGA is further operative to receive and dispatch packets to and from the backplane.03-11-2010
20080304504PCI Express Switch with Backwards Compatibility - There are disclosed apparatus and methods for switching. Transparent and non-transparent ports are provided. Data units are transferred between the transparent ports, between the transparent and non-transparent ports, and between the non-transparent ports.12-11-2008
20080273546DATA SWITCH AND A METHOD OF SWITCHING - The invention relates to a data switch, comprising: plural input ports each for receiving data cells from a respective link; plural output ports each for providing data cells to a respective link; a switch fabric for selectively enabling a data cell received at one of the plural input ports to be switched to one or more of the plural output ports; and a switch scheduler comprising a cut-through arbiter arranged to schedule the switching of a received data cell before the entirety of the data cell is received.11-06-2008
20120195323HIERARCHICAL RATE LIMITING OF CONTROL PACKETS - Line cards receive control packets and perform a hierarchical rate limiting on those control packets. A set of identifier keys are extracted from the control packets and the protocol of those control packets are determined. At a first level, the control packets are rate limited per unique set of identifier keys per protocol. Those packets which fail the first rate limiting level are dropped. Those packets which pass the first rate limiting level are rate limited at a second level per protocol type. Those packets which fail the second level rate limiting are dropped while those packets which pass the second level rate limiting are sent to the control card for further processing.08-02-2012
20090154484SCALEABLE VOIP TELEPHONE LINE CIRCUIT - A telephone subscriber line device for providing an interface between a legacy telephone circuit based on circuit-switched technology and a packet network has a legacy interface for connection to telephone circuit; a packet interface for connection to a packet network, processing circuitry for converting between legacy telephone signals and packet signals, and a cascadable expansion bus permitting multiple said devices to be connected to a common port on a packet network. Such a device is highly scalable.06-18-2009
20100002716SWITCHING METHOD - A switching device comprising a plurality of ingress ports and a plurality of egress ports. The switching device is arranged to receive data packets through said ingress ports and to forward received data packets to respective ones of said egress ports. The switching device further comprises an ingress module for each of said ingress ports, each ingress module being arranged to receive data packets from a respective single one of said ingress ports and to store the received data packets in one of a plurality of data structures provided by the ingress module, each ingress module being further configured to select a data packet from one of said plurality of data structures, and to request permission to transmit the selected data packet to an egress port. The switching device also comprises at least one egress module arranged to receive a plurality of requests for permission to transmit data packets through a particular egress port, the request being generated by the plurality of ingress modules, and to select one of said plurality of requests.01-07-2010
20090185574TIMING SYSTEM FOR MODULAR CABLE MODEM TERMINATION SYSTEM - A modular Cable Modem Termination System (CMTS) includes a packet shelf operating a Data Over Cable Service Interface Specifications (DOCSIS) Media Access Control (MAC) framer. One or more downstream Physical Interface (PHY) shelves receive DOCSIS data from the packet shelf over a packet switched network and modulate the DOCSIS data for sending on a downstream path of a cable plant. One or more upstream PHY shelves send DOCSIS data received from an upstream path of the cable plant over the packet switched network to the packet shelf. By separating the PHY components from the MAC and from the system software, the PHY components for a Hybrid Fiber Coax (HFC) plant may be replaced with different PHY components for other access technologies such as wireless, Digital Subscriber Lines (DSL), Ethernet-to-the-Home, Fiber-to-the-Home, or fiber Passive Optical Networks (PONs).07-23-2009
20090141734METHOD AND SYSTEM FOR A CONVERGED INFINIBAND OVER ETHERNET NETWORK - A method of providing a converged InfiniBand over Ethernet (IBOE) network. An IBOE switch receives a data packet. If the data packet is received by the IBOE switch from the InfiniBand network, a translation utility looks up an Ethernet media access control (MAC) address corresponding to an LID of the packet in a translation table. The translation utility generates an Ethernet packet and encapsulates an InfiniBand link layer packet before sending the packet. If the data packet is received by the IBOE switch from the Ethernet network, the translation utility removes the Ethernet header from the packet and looks up a LID corresponding to the MAC address. The translation utility calculates an outbound port number and sends the packet.06-04-2009
20090041048SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PERSONAL LIVE TELEVISION - A system comprising a receiver and a transmitter for sending and receiving audio-video datastreams through fixed IP addresses, which IP addresses are established upon initialization of the transmitter and receiver systems. The transmitter includes an audio-visual capture and encoding subsystems, and the receiver includes an audio-visual decoding and display subsystems.02-12-2009
20110142065BANDWIDTH MANAGEMENT SWITCHING CARD - A bandwidth management card includes a switch control unit and multiple ports connected to one or more line cards that are separate from the bandwidth management card. The bandwidth management card further includes at least one switch, and multiple network ports, where each of the multiple network ports is connected to a respective link to at least one external network. A first switch of the at least one switch receives instructions from the switch control unit, switches a first subset of the multiple network ports through to a first port of the multiple ports based on the received instructions, and switches a second subset of the multiple network ports through to a second port of the multiple ports based on the received first instructions.06-16-2011
20090080452Packet processing apparatus and method codex - A packet processing apparatus and method are provided. The packet processing apparatus changes a size of an input packet, analyzes the input packet to perform a second layer associated process, generates basic delivery headers of the input packet, processes the input packet to which the basic delivery headers are inserted according to a type of the input packet, transforms the header of the input packet to which the basic delivery headers are inserted, and transitions the header-transformed input packet to delivers the packet. Accordingly, it is possible to process various packets without addition of separate process to the packet processing apparatus. In addition, a use efficiency of a network processing unit can be optimized, so that it is possible to increase a packet processing rate and performance.03-26-2009
20090109989LINKING CROSS BAR CONTROLLER - A method for transferring data includes connecting N ports of a crossbar to N devices, respectively, where N is an integer greater than one. Inbound data is received at one of the N ports from a respective one of the N devices. Dedicated connections are provided between an input buffer of one of the N ports and N-1 output buffers associated with others of the N ports, respectively. At least one of the N-1 output buffers of the others of the N ports is selected to output outbound data corresponding to the inbound data. The inbound data from the input buffer of one of the N ports is selectively transferred to at least one of the N-1 output buffers of the others of the N ports.04-30-2009
20090219943INFORMATION PROCESSING SYSTEM, INFORMATION PROCESSOR, SERVER, INFORMATION PROCESSING METHOD AND PROGRAM - An information processor (1) comprises: a history packet transmitter (11) for transmitting a history packet; a request packet transmitter (12) for transmitting a request packet requesting transmission of a return packet; a packet transmission controller (13) for controlling transmission of a request packet by using a binary search method; a return packet receiver (14) for receiving a return packet transmitted from a server (3); and a port keeping time detector (15) for detecting the port keeping time of a communication processor (2) based on reception of a return packet by the return packet receiver (14). The server (3) includes: a request packet receiver (31) for receiving a request packet; and a return packet transmitter (32) for transmitting a return packet to a port of the communication processor (2) where a history packet passed when the request packet receiver (31) received a request packet. This configuration provides an information processing system for detecting the port keeping time of the communication processor.09-03-2009
20100195663Fabric Channel Control Apparatus and Method - A method for receiving packet data at a communication channel and transmitting the packet data over serial links of the communication channel. The packet data is sliced into n-bit data portions which are concatenated with a header prior to transmitting an n-bit portion across one of the serial links of the communication channel. The header may include an invert bit to alter the majority sign of an n-bit portion. Other aspects of the present invention are also described herein.08-05-2010
20100183022FIBRE CHANNEL SWITCHING SYSTEM - The Fibre Channel standard was created by the American National Standard for Information Systems (ANSI) X3T11 task group to define a serial I/O channel for interconnecting a number of heterogeneous peripheral devices to computer systems as well as interconnecting the computer systems themselves through optical fiber and copper media at gigabit speeds (i.e., one billion bits per second). Multiple protocols such as SCSI (Small Computer Serial Interface), IP (Internet Protocol), HIPPI, ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) among others can concurrently utilize the same media when mapped over Fibre Channel. A Fibre Channel Fabric is an entity which transmits Fibre Channel frames between connected Node Ports. The Fibre Channel fabric routes the frames based on the destination address as well as other information embedded in the Fibre Channel frame header. Node Ports are attached to the Fibre Channel Fabric through links.07-22-2010
20100226385LCR SWITCH WITH HEADER COMPRESSION - Various exemplary embodiments relate to a method and related network node including one or more of the following: maintaining a line card activity number at each line card in the node; receiving a first packet belonging to a flow; storing, at each line card, a flow record in a line card context identifier storage, wherein the flow record contains a flow activity number being initially set equal to a current value of the line card activity number; detecting, by the second line card, a change in designation to active and changing the value of the line card activity number maintained by the second line card; receiving a second packet belonging to the flow; and transmitting, to the decompressor node, an update packet including the flow context identifier and the flow identifying information, upon determining that the flow activity number is not equal to the updated line card activity number.09-09-2010
20110058570PROGRAMMABLE CROSSBAR STRUCTURES IN ASYNCHRONOUS SYSTEMS - Methods, systems, and circuits for forming and operating a crossbar structure in an asynchronous system are described. One or more input ports of a programmable crossbar structure may be connected to send data to one or more output ports. A group of output ports each receiving data from an input port may be connected to send, in response, control signals via a programmable element to the input port. The number of programmable elements used may be determined by the number of input ports being copied to more than one output port. Additional methods, systems, and circuits are disclosed.03-10-2011
20100238949FAST AND FAIR ARBITRATION ON A DATA LINK - Embodiments of a circuit, a buffered crosspoint switch that includes the circuit and a computer system that includes the switch are described. In this circuit and switch, deep crosspoint buffers are replaced with smaller distributed buffers. This modification reduces the cost of the switch and improves the scaling properties of the architecture.09-23-2010
20090074001Switch assembly having multiple blades in a chassis - A switch assembly having multiple blades in a chassis and a method of using that assembly to switch data is disclosed. A network switch assembly for network communications includes at least one fabric blade and a plurality of port blades. The at least one fabric blade has at least one switch having a plurality of data port interfaces, supporting a plurality of fabric data ports transmitting and receiving data, and a CPU interface, where CPU interface is configured to communicate with a CPU. The at least one fabric blade also has a CPU subsystem communicating with the CPU interface. Each of said plurality of port blades has at least one switch having a plurality of data port interfaces, supporting a plurality of port data ports transmitting and receiving data. The plurality of port data ports communicate with the plurality of fabric data ports along multiple paths such that data received by the port data ports is switched to a destination port of the network switch assembly along a specified path of the multiple paths based on a portion of the received data. In particular, the invention relates to configurations having five and nine blades to provide the requisite switching capacity.03-19-2009
20090213868SEPARATION OF FABRIC AND PACKET PROCESSING SOURCE IN A SYSTEM - An apparatus may include a port interface that is arranged and configured to receive a packet from an ingress port, a traffic management module being operatively coupled to the port interface and that is arranged and configured to manage routing of the packet to a destination, and a packet processing engine that is arranged and configured to perform packet processing on the packet and to associate a tag with the packet, where the tag includes a packet processing source field, a destination field, and a fabric source field.08-27-2009
20100278191Hierarchical Rate Limiting of Control Packets - Line cards receive control packets and perform a hierarchical rate limiting on those control packets. A set of identifier keys are extracted from the control packets and the protocol of those control packets are determined. At a first level, the control packets are rate limited per unique set of identifier keys per protocol. Those packets which fail the first rate limiting level are dropped. Those packets which pass the first rate limiting level are rate limited at a second level per protocol type. Those packets which fail the second level rate limiting are dropped while those packets which pass the second level rate limiting are sent to the control card for further processing.11-04-2010
20090074000Packet based switch with destination updating03-19-2009
20110085570System and Method for Hierarchical Link Aggregation - Systems and methods for hierarchical link aggregation are disclosed. A system for hierarchical link aggregation may include a network interface having a plurality of physical ports. A first plurality of the physical ports may be configured as member ports of a first link aggregation group (LAG). A second plurality of the physical ports may be configured as member ports of a second LAG. The first LAG and second LAG may be configured as member logical ports of a third LAG.04-14-2011
20110085569CREATION AND DELETION OF LOGICAL PORTS IN A LOGICAL SWITCH04-14-2011
20110085568MAPPING LOGICAL PORTS OF A NETWORK SWITCH TO PHYSICAL PORTS - A Layer 2 network switch is partitionable into a plurality of switch fabrics. The single-chassis switch is partitionable into a plurality of logical switches, each associated with one of the virtual fabrics. The logical switches behave as complete and self-contained switches. A logical switch fabric can span multiple single-chassis switch chassis. Logical switches are connected by inter-switch links that can be either dedicated single-chassis links or logical links. An extended inter-switch link can be used to transport traffic for one or more logical inter-switch links. Physical ports of the chassis are assigned to logical switches and are managed by the logical switch. Legacy switches that are not partitionable into logical switches can serve as transit switches between two logical switches.04-14-2011
20100046538TCP CONNECTION RESOURCE DIVERSITY USING TUNABLE GEOMETRIC SERIES - Disclosed is a computer implemented method and apparatus for handling transport control protocol connections. The local host receives a transport control protocol socket connection request from a host. By subtracting a current port connection from maximum port connections to form a difference, the local host calculates the threshold based the difference divided by the tunable divisor, the tunable divisor not equal to one. The local host then determines whether the current port connections exceeds the threshold. By responding to a determination that the current port connections exceed the threshold, the local host blocks the transport control protocol socket request based on the TCP socket connection request.02-25-2010
20100054271Control of Data in Communication Networks03-04-2010
20100135315Multi-Component Compatible Data Architecture - A backbone network, comprising a first switch comprising a first port configured to communicate a data stream via an Ethernet interface, and a second port configured to communicate the data stream via a SONET/SDH interface, and a second switch comprising a third port configured to receive the data stream from the first switch via the Ethernet interface, wherein the first switch and the second switch are synchronized.06-03-2010
20100135314Multi-Component Compatible Data Architecture - A backbone network, comprising a first switch comprising a first port configured to communicate a data stream via an Ethernet interface, and a second port configured to communicate the data stream via a SONET/SDH interface, and a second switch comprising a third port configured to receive the data stream from the first switch via the Ethernet interface, wherein the first switch and the second switch are synchronized.06-03-2010
20100135313NETWORK ROUTING SYSTEM FOR ENHANCED EFFICIENCY AND MONITORING CAPABILITY - According to an embodiment of the invention, a network device such as a router or switch provides efficient data packet handling capability. The network device includes one or more input ports for receiving data packets to be routed, as well as one or more output ports for transmitting data packets. The network device includes an integrated port controller integrated circuit for routing packets. The integrated circuit includes an interface circuit, a received packets circuit, a buffer manager circuit for receiving data packets from the received packets circuit and transmitting data packets in one or more buffers and reading data packets from the one or more buffers. The integrated circuit also includes a rate shaper counter for storing credit for a traffic class, so that the integrated circuit can support input and/or output rate shaping. The integrated circuit may be associated with an IRAM, a CAM, a parameter memory configured to hold routing and/or switching parameters, which may be implemented as a PRAM, and an aging RAM, which stores aging information. The aging information may be used by a CPU coupled to the integrated circuit via a system interface circuit to remove entries from the CAM and/or the PRAM when an age count exceeds an age limit threshold for the entries.06-03-2010
20110149990ENERGY EFFICIENCY WITH RATE ADAPTATION - A system and method of rate adaptation is disclosed for energy efficiency. The system and method of rate adaptation for energy efficiency provides for parsing a heterogeneous network into rate-adaptation domains that are fully isolated with respect to the control of their operating states. The system and method is particularly useful for creating the conditions for the incremental introduction of rate-adaptive devices in existing networks; combining the best properties of sleep-state exploitation and rate scaling techniques by defining a class of state-setting policies for rate adaptation schemes that enforce tight deterministic bounds on the extra delay that the schemes may cause to network traffic at every node where they are deployed.06-23-2011
20090028172SPECULATIVE FORWARDING IN A HIGH-RADIX ROUTER - A system and method for speculative forwarding of packets received by a router, wherein each packet includes phits and wherein one or more phits include a cyclic redundancy code (CRC). A packet is received and phits of the packet are forwarded to router logic. A cyclic redundancy code for the packet is calculated and compared to the packet's cyclic redundancy code. An error is generated if the cyclic redundancy codes don't match. If the cyclic redundancy codes don't match, a phit of the packet is modified to reflect the error, the CRC is corrected and the corrected CRC is forwarded to the router logic along with the phit reflecting the CRC error. At the router logic, a check is made to see if the packet is still within the router logic. If the packet is still within the router logic and there was a CRC error, the packet is discarded. If, however, the packet is no longer within the router logic and there was a CRC error, the packet is modified so that the next router discards the packet.01-29-2009
20090213866Data Communication System And Method - A data communication system having a plurality of input/output ports, a first group and a second group of switching units. Each switching unit has a plurality of input/output interfaces, whereby at least one of the plurality of input/output interfaces of each switching unit of the first group forms an input/output port of the communications system, and at least one other input/output interface of each of the switching units of the first group is connected via a communication link with an input/output interface of one of the switching units of the second group, so that a network is formed having at least one loop. The network is logically divided in at least two virtual subnetworks, each forming a spanning tree. Each switching unit of the first group is configured to assign an incoming data packet arriving at a particular input/output port to a predetermined one of the at least two virtual sub-networks. An advantage of the present invention is the ability to transparently employ the taught data communication device in different computing environments, without the requirement to alter any external equipment.08-27-2009
20110080919LOW-POWER POLICY FOR PORT - Various example embodiments are disclosed. According to an example embodiment, a method may include determining, by a port processor, a buffer length based on an amount of data stored in a port controlled by the port processor, comparing the buffer length to a low-power buffer threshold, determining a link utilization based on a number of packets transmitted by the port, comparing the link utilization to a link utilization threshold, and placing the port into a low-power state based on the comparison of the buffer length to the low-power buffer threshold and the comparison of the link utilization to the link utilization threshold.04-07-2011
20110075680Forwarding of Packets Based on a Filtered Forwarding Information Base - A filtered Forwarding Information Base (FIB) (the “complete local FIB”) is used to determine how to forward packets, typically on line cards. The complete local FIB is generated by filtering (i.e., dropping or removing) extraneous entries in the standard global FIB of a router. This smaller FIB is then installed within the memory of a forwarding engine, possibly implemented as a single application-specific integrated circuit (ASIC), for use in determining how to forward packets, with the router forwarding packets accordingly.03-31-2011
20110069718INTELLIGENT ELECTRONIC DEVICE WITH SEGREGATED REAL-TIME ETHERNET - An intelligent electronic device segregates urgent data frames from non-urgent data frames on reception so that the urgent data frames may be handled with greater priority. A switching device is disposed between an external network interface and multiple internal network ports. Based on a network data type indicia, urgent data frames are routed to one of the ports, and non-urgent data frames are routed to another port. A processor coupled to the internal network ports handles urgent data frames before handling any non-urgent data frames.03-24-2011
20120201254NETWORK DEVICE AND ITS CONTROL METHOD AND COMPUTER PROGRAM PRODUCT - A network device 08-09-2012
20100098104SWITCHING DEVICE - A switching device comprising a plurality of ingress ports and a plurality of egress ports. The switching device is arranged to receive data packets through said ingress ports and to forward received data packets to respective ones of said egress ports. The switching device is further arranged to: determine a first time at which a first cell of a selected data packet is to forwarded to one of said egress ports, determine a further time at which a respective further cell of the selected data packet is to be forwarded to said one of said egress ports, store data indicating that said respective further cell is to be forwarded at said determined further time, forward said first cell at said first time, and forward said further cell of said selected data packet at said determined further time.04-22-2010
20110255552FRAMED FLOWS OVER PACKET-SWITCHED FABRICS - A networking device and a method provide switching of framed signals using a packet switch fabric. Framed input signals, which may be OTN signals, are received and converted to packets. The conversion includes striping the received signal into virtual lanes and segmenting the lanes into packets. The packets are switched through the packet switch fabric, which may be an Ethernet switch, and then converted to framed output signals. The conversion includes reassembly of the packets into virtual lanes. The reassembled virtual lanes are frame aligned, deskewed, and combined to produce the framed output signals.10-20-2011
20120243552SWITCHING FABRICS AND CONTROL PROTOCOLS FOR THEM - A network unit for use in a switching fabric includes multiple units collectively constituting a single network entity, each having ports for the reception and forwarding of data packets. The network unit has at least one fabric port for connection to a partner port on another one of the units by at least one link. The network unit is organized to send and receive via the at least one fabric port protocol packets which contain information on the path costs between said units in the fabric and to perform an algorithm to determine, on the basis of said information, routes for data packets within the fabric to other units of the fabric.09-27-2012
20080240141Method and Apparatus for Improving Data Transmission in Router Fabric Cards Through Pseudo-Synchronous Data Switching - In a data packet router, a router fabric card for routing data packets is provided. The router fabric card comprises a plurality of ingress/egress ports, the ports connected through a switching facility for switching connection states of the port paths between individual ingress paths and individual egress paths on the fabric card, and a scheduling component for scheduling communication between ports on the fabric card. Data coming into ingress on the card is organized into individual data-packet trains, each individual train comprising data packets and inserted data denoting a starting point and an ending point of a train. The switching facility recognizes the start data and the end data of a train and switches port paths to a next-assigned connection state accordingly.10-02-2008
20100329276Energy efficient network forwarding - Includes a method that determines utilization of a link and determines a weight for the link based on an energy metric for the determined utilization. The method also includes transmitting the determined weight to at least one node adjacent in the network to the network forwarding device, and determining forwarding based on the transmitted weight.12-30-2010
20110080920Flexibly Integrating Endpoint Logic Into Varied Platforms - In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to an integrated endpoint having a virtual port coupled between an upstream fabric and an integrated device fabric that includes a multi-function logic to handle various functions for one or more intellectual property (IP) blocks coupled to the integrated device fabric. The integrated device fabric has a primary channel to communicate data and command information between the IP block and the upstream fabric and a sideband channel to communicate sideband information between the IP block and the multi-function logic. Other embodiments are described and claimed.04-07-2011
20080219280Method and apparatus for flexible FXS port utilization in a telecommunications device - An apparatus for flexible FXS port utilization includes a switch adapted for connection to a plurality of Internet Protocol (IP) based communication lines, a subscriber line interface card (SLIC) connected to the switch and having a single FXS port and an IP based handset connected to the switch. The switch may be a softswitch with switching operations executed by a network processor adapted for connection between an external IP signal source and the switch. A method of the invention includes providing a utilization status of the single FXS port and performing an automated switching operation at least the SLIC; based on and in response to a desired port utilization status initiated remotely from the communication device.09-11-2008
20100118885PREDICTIVE PACKET FORWARDING FOR A NETWORK SWITCH - A network switch includes a predictor using data in a packet to predict a flow for the packet. A forwarding engine forwards at least a portion of the packet on a switch fabric to an egress port in the switch determined from the predicted flow. The forwarding engine is operable to forward the packet on the switch fabric to the egress port determined from the predicted flow prior to a lookup module determining a flow from a lookup.05-13-2010
20110096791DATA COMMUNICATION SYSTEM AND DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD - A data communication system includes a data transmitting device and a data receiving device connected with the data transmitting device through a packet-switched network.04-28-2011
20100067539Single Network Interface Circuit with Multiple-Ports and Method Thereof - The invention discloses a single network interface device with multi-ports, the network interface device supports two or more physical network transmission routes to transmit and receive data, and upload the received data into a host through a host interface or download the data waiting to be transmitted to network from the host through the host interface. Therefore, the present invention increases network communication speed and improves host interface bandwidth.03-18-2010
20110188511Ethernet node port virtualizer - In one embodiment, a method includes defining a virtual node port proxy and virtual fabric port proxies at a Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) bridge, the virtual node port proxy in communication with an FCoE forwarder, each of the virtual fabric port proxies in communication with an FCoE node in an FCoE network. The method further includes proxying FCoE Initialization Protocol (FIP) functions between the FCoE nodes and the FCoE forwarder at the FCoE bridge. An apparatus is also disclosed.08-04-2011
20110188512CROSS-CONNECT USING ETHERNET MULTIPLEXORS FOR A SIMPLE METRO ETHERNET NETWORK - A metro area network is provided that includes edge and core multiplexors each having a plurality of line ports and one or more uplink ports, a transport network carrying multiplexed traffic between the edge and core multiplexors. In a hard cross connect implementation utilizing source port tagging, a cross-connect device coupled to the core multiplexors provisions or maps communications path between the core multiplexors thereby providing preselected connectivity/mapping of two or more line ports of any of the edge multiplexors. In a soft cross connect implementation utilizing destination port tagging, a cross-connect device includes additional cross-connect multiplexors and functionality to control the destination port tagging performed in the edge, core and cross connect multiplexors thereby provisioning or mapping the desired communications path(s) between various endpoints.08-04-2011
20090175289Multi-Rate, Multi-Protocol, Multi-Port Line Interface for a Multiservice Switching Platform - Methods and apparatus for enabling a line card to support multiple ports, multiple rates, and multiple protocols within an optical network system are disclosed. According to one aspect of the present invention, a line card that is suitable for incorporation into one of a multi-slot broadband digital cross-connect system or a multiservice provisioning platform includes a first port and a plurality of devices. The first port is arranged to be provisioned to accept an input signal which may be one of a signal of a first protocol and a signal of a second protocol. The plurality of devices being arranged to process the input signal to create an output signal which has a SONET payload. In one embodiment, the signal of the first protocol is an OC-n signal and the signal of the second protocol is a Gigabit Ethernet signal.07-09-2009
20090175288System for setting router identifier in network supporting at least one protocol and method of controlling the same - A system for setting a router identifier in a network supporting at least one protocol. The system includes an interface storage storing information about at least one port and its Internet protocol address, a router identifier storage storing information about a reference router identifier, an interface manager referring to the interface storage to set information about the Internet protocol address of the port having the highest priority as the reference router identifier, and storing a value of the reference router identifier in the router identifier storage, and at least one daemon process accessing the router identifier storage when automatically setting the router identifier in conjunction with the generation of an event, looking up the value of the reference router identifier, and setting the stored reference router identifier as the router identifier thereof.07-09-2009
20110110381AUTOMATIC SWITCH PORT SELECTION - Back pressure is mapped within a network, and primary bottlenecks are distinguished from dependent bottlenecks. Further, the presently disclosed technology is capable of performing network healing operations designed to reduce the data load on primary bottlenecks while ignoring dependent bottlenecks. Still further, the presently disclosed technology teaches identifying and/or suggesting a switch port for adding a node to the network. More specifically, various implementations analyze traffic load and back pressure in a network, identify primary and dependent bottlenecks, resolve the primary bottlenecks, collect new node parameters, and/or select a switch port for the new node. Further, a command can be sent to a selected switch to activate an indicator on the selected port. New node parameters may include new node type, maximum load, minimum load, time of maximum load, time of minimum load and type of data associated with the new node.05-12-2011
20120002679PACKET FILTERING - Ingress and egress port packets for a connection between a first node and second node are mirrored to a mirroring port on a network switch. A count of ingress and egress port packets associated with a handshake process is determined. Duplicate mirrored packets associated with the connection are filtered based at least in part on the count.01-05-2012
20120207177VIRTUAL PORT BASED SPAN - Methods and apparatus for performing SPAN for a virtual port are disclosed. Specifically, a frame is received from a first port. The frame or a copy thereof is transmitted to a second port, where the second port is identified in a header of the frame. At least one of the first port and the second port is a virtual port. The frame or a copy thereof is also transmitted to a third port, thereby enabling an analyzer coupled to the third port to analyze traffic received by the third port.08-16-2012
20120044951ALIGNMENT APPARATUS AND METHOD - An alignment apparatus for dynamically operating lanes in a high speed Ethernet device having multiple lanes, includes: a PCS (Physical Coding Sublayer) upper layer managing lane information regarding all of the lanes and operational lanes; a PCS transmission unit receiving the lane information from the PCS upper layer and inserting an alignment marker into the operational lanes; a PMA (Physical Medium Attachment) layer receiving the alignment marker from the PCS transmission unit and transmitting the same, and receiving alignment marker from another alignment apparatus; and a PCS reception unit receiving the lane information from the PCS upper layer, receiving the alignment marker from the PMA layer, and performing alignment on the operational lanes.02-23-2012
20120014391DATA COMMUNICATION METHOD AND DATA COMMUNICATION APPARATUS - A data communication method and a data communication apparatus are provided. The method mainly includes: receiving, by an adapter card, information elements sent by a first switching network board, in which a format of the information element is an information element format capable of being identified by the first switching network board; and performing, by the adapter card, format conversion on the information elements according to an information element format capable of being identified by a second switching network board, and sending the converted information elements to the second switching network board. In this manner, different types of switching network boards can be interconnected and communicate with each other, so as to implement data transmission between network devices having different structures.01-19-2012
20120155485EFFICIENT SPACE UTILIZATION OF DISTRIBUTED MAC ADDRESS TABLES IN ETHERNET SWITCHES - A method for networked communications includes receiving, on an inbound port, a frame to be forwarded, mapping the received frame to a flooding domain, determining an inbound port through which a frame is received, wherein the plurality of ports includes the inbound port, determining a destination address of the received frame, and determining one or more of the plurality of ports through which the received frame is to be forwarded. If the line card contains a port that is part of the flooding domain, the method includes populating a forwarding table associated with the line card with information regarding the received frame and information regarding the flooding domain. If the line card contains no ports that are part of the flooding domain, the method includes populating no forwarding tables associated with the line card with information regarding the received frame and information regarding the flooding domain.06-21-2012
20080247411Method to operate a crossbar switch - A method is described to operate a crossbar switch comprising a crossbar fabric with N sending and M receiving ports, with port cards connected to at least one sending and/or receiving port each of the crossbar fabric, said crossbar switch further comprising a control unit connected with the port cards via discrete control channel links, wherein C ports are clustered on a single receiving port card so that such a receiving port card in a single time-step can receive up to C data cells from C sending port cards simultaneously. According to said method the control channel links are used to relay up to C acknowledgements between at least one receiving port card and at least one sending port card.10-09-2008
20100172366SEMICONDUCTOR INTEGRATED CIRCUIT AND FILTER CONTROL METHOD - A semiconductor integrated circuit of the invention comprises a plurality of cores, and an interconnecting network including adaptors connected to each of the cores and a plurality of routers connecting the adaptors to communicate therebetween. The adaptors keep delivery information indicating a delivery condition of a request signal received from the cores and control delivery of the request signal received from the cores in accordance with the delivery information.07-08-2010
20100246594Flexibly Integrating Endpoint Logic Into Varied Platforms - In one embodiment, the present invention is directed to an integrated endpoint having a virtual port coupled between an upstream fabric and an integrated device fabric that includes a multi-function logic to handle various functions for one or more intellectual property (IP) blocks coupled to the integrated device fabric. The integrated device fabric has a primary channel to communicate data and command information between the IP block and the upstream fabric and a sideband channel to communicate sideband information between the IP block and the multi-function logic. Other embodiments are described and claimed.09-30-2010
20100246595LINKING CROSS BAR CONTROLLER - A method for transferring data includes connecting N ports of a crossbar to N devices, respectively, where N is an integer greater than one. Inbound data is received at one of the N ports from a respective one of the N devices. Dedicated connections are provided between an input buffer of one of the N ports and N−1 output buffers associated with others of the N ports, respectively. At least one of the N−1 output buffers of the others of the N ports is selected to output outbound data corresponding to the inbound data. The inbound data from the input buffer of one of the N ports is selectively transferred to at least one of the N−1 output buffers of the others of the N ports.09-30-2010
20100246593Steering Data Communications Packets For Transparent Bump-In-The-Wire Processing Among Multiple Data Processing Applications - Steering data communications packets for transparent, bump-in-the-wire processing among multiple data processing applications in a link-level data communications switch, the switch including data communications ports, a port connected to a first data communications network and another port connected to a second data communications network, other ports connected to the data processing applications, the switch also including rules governing the steering, including receiving in the switch from the first network data communications packets directed to the second network, each packet containing a source network address and a destination network address and steering by the switch each packet among the applications and through an egress port, such steering carried out only in accordance with the rules, using neither the source network address of the packet, the destination network address of the packet, nor any link-level identifier of any application.09-30-2010
20090059945IP DEVICE, MANAGEMENT SERVER, AND NETWORK SYSTEM - An IP device (for example, network cameras 03-05-2009
20090059944DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING SYSTEM, METHOD OF DISTRIBUTED PROCESSING, TERMINALS AND STORAGE MEDIA - A distributed processing system includes a first information processing device, two or more second information processing devices connected with the first information processing device via a first network, and the second information processing devices being connected with each other via a second network, wherein the first information processing device includes an input division unit that generates divided input data pieces by dividing an input data set, and a divided input distribution unit that transmits the divided input data pieces to the second information processing devices, and wherein the second information processing devices include a divided input transfer unit that transmits the divided input data piece to the second information processing device assigned as the base terminal from one or more of the second information processing devices assigned as a client terminal, and a divided input combining unit that combines the divided input data pieces to restore the input data set.03-05-2009
20090059943DATA PROCESSING SYSTEM - A data processing system enabling an outstanding-based variable flow control is provided. The data processing system includes a first semiconductor integrated circuit possessing an initiator and a second semiconductor integrated circuit possessing a target. The initiator transmits a request packet to the target, the target transmits a response packet to the initiator, and split transaction interface is practiced. The initiator includes an outstanding number counting circuit for counting an outstanding number defined by the difference in number between the request packets transmitted and the response packets received. The request packet transmission number is controlled so that the count value of the outstanding number counting circuit may not exceed the outstanding number to which the target can respond. The outstanding number is dynamically changeable to a suitable number so that the maximum latency from the issue of the request packet to the reception of the response packet is suppressed.03-05-2009
20120170592METHOD OF SUPPORTING POWER CONTROL IN A COMMUNICATION NETWORK - A method of supporting power control in a communication network, the network including a plurality of network elements (07-05-2012
20080205424Bifurcate space switch - A space switch includes a buffer having a plurality of serial inputs, a plurality of de-serializers, each coupled to a respective input, a plurality n of buffers and a media access controller having inputs coupled to the plurality of de-serializers, data outputs coupled to the buffers, and two control outputs coupled to respective buffers for buffering input data at a clock rate one-nth that of the input data and a switch fabric connected to the buffers for matching buffer data throughput with switch data throughput. Preferably the buffer is a bifurcate buffer. This space switch described ensures matching of buffer and switch fabric throughput.08-28-2008
20090067445ROUTER AND ROUTING NETWORK - A router in which each of the input/output ports is associated with identifiers enabling each of the other input/output ports to locate it according to a code specific to each of them, comprising means for identifying in an incident packet a routing instruction indicating a forward identifier of the desired output port; and means for sending back the packet where the forward identifier is suppressed from the routing instruction and a return identifier is inserted therein.03-12-2009
20120219011COMMUNICATION NETWORK APPARATUS AND METHOD - A communication network apparatus and method for routing communication signals from a source device to a receiving device. The apparatus performs only local processing on communication signals to thereby increase the speed of processing the signals. A plurality of the processing nodes is combined into a plurality of sub-networks that comprise the network apparatus. Each processing node of a sub-network need only process address information pertaining to the node's current layer, one layer above it, if any, and one layer below it, if any. Additionally, each processing node has associated communication signal frequencies/wavelengths that identify the processing node as the intended recipient of the communication signal.08-30-2012
20120327952ETHERNET TAG APPROACH TO SUPPORT NETWORKING TASK OFFLOAD - A two chip network adapter is used to implement offloaded networking tasks. The first chip is the main ethernet controller chip. The second chip implements the offloaded tasks. Communication between a host and the second chip is done by adding offload and completion tags to the ethernet frame header of frames associated with the offloaded networking task.12-27-2012
20100172365HiGig AUTOTRUNKING - A method and system for automatically trunking ports connecting network devices arranged in a stacked configuration is provided. The method includes sending a packet, from a sending network device to at least one other receiving network device, through each of a plurality of ports of the network device. The packet includes at least an identifier for identifying the sending network device. The receiving network device maintains a table identifying which ports are connected to a neighboring network device. The network device automatically trunks the ports which are connected to the same network device;07-08-2010
20120275466SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR CLASSIFYING PACKETS - A system and method for classifying packets in a communication network. In one embodiment a packet routing device includes a Bloom filter array and a content-addressable memory (CAM). The Bloom filter array includes a plurality of Bloom filters configured to process a packet in parallel. Each of the Bloom filters is configured to determine whether the packet includes a predetermined attribute. The CAM is coupled to the Bloom filter array. The CAM is configured to assign the packet to an output port of the routing device based on attributes of the packet determined by the Bloom filter array.11-01-2012
20110216780Input/Output Request Packet Handling Techniques by a Device Specific Kernel Mode Driver - The input/output request packet (IRP) handling technique includes determining if a received input/output request packet should receive a given handling. If the input/output request packet should receive the given handling, the input/output request packet is dispatched to a device specific dispatch input/output request packet handler. Otherwise, the input/output request packet is redirected to an operating system dispatch input/output request packet handler.09-08-2011
20110235651NETWORK STREAMING OVER MULTIPLE PHYSICAL INTERFACES USING FEEDBACK INFORMATION - The present disclosure is directed to using feedback information regarding a data stream being sent from a sending endpoint to a receiving endpoint. Both of the sending endpoint and the receiving endpoint each have multiple physical interfaces connecting the sending endpoint and the receiving endpoint to multiple networks, respectively, and the data stream is split into a series of data packets and sent over the multiple physical interfaces. Different portions of the data packets are sent over different ones physical interfaces based at least partially on a data capacity throughput for each of the multiple physical interfaces. Feedback information is gathered for each of the multiple physical interfaces. Feedback information gathered at the receiving endpoint is split and sent to the sending endpoint on one or more of the physical interfaces. Data packets are then reapportioned and sent over different ones of the physical interfaces based on the feedback information.09-29-2011
20110235650PROVIDING FEEDBACK INFORMATION WHEN NETWORK STREAMING OVER MULTIPLE PHYSICAL INTERFACES - The present disclosure is directed to providing feedback information for a data stream being sent from a sending endpoint to a receiving endpoint. Both of the endpoints each have multiple physical interfaces connecting each endpoint to multiple networks, respectively. Information as feedback information is gathered regarding a data capacity throughput for each of the multiple physical interfaces connected to the endpoints. The feedback information is split and sent on one or more of the multiple physical interfaces from the receiving endpoint to the sending endpoint. A detection is made, based on the feedback information, whether one or more of the physical interfaces used to send the feedback information have degraded or failed. The feedback information is then reapportioned and sent from the receiving endpoint to the sending endpoint on one or more of the multiple physical interfaces which have not been detected as degraded or failed.09-29-2011
20100232450METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR PROVIDING VIRTUAL PORTS WITH ATTACHED VIRTUAL DEVICES IN A STORAGE AREA NETWORK - Systems particularly a virtualization switch or a storage device, which include virtual ports connected to virtual devices with virtual worldwide names and virtual LUNs. Because Fibre Channel environment hosts can track worldwide names from one port to another and allow continuity in that regard, the virtual worldwide names are provided with relevant virtual LUNs and connected these to virtual ports so that the virtual devices can be moved as desired to overcome failures or to allow load balancing.09-16-2010
20110249684DATA TRANSMISSION DEVICE - A data transmission device includes a unit that changes the number and combination of optical communication paths forming a virtual communication path. The data transmission device has functions of forming a virtual communication path by connecting only the number of optical communication paths satisfying a required bandwidth and of turning off operation circuits forming unconnected optical communication paths.10-13-2011
20120087376Router and Method for Routing Data - A device and method for routing network data through a network. The device comprises an end cap assembly which includes an end cap coupled to a wiring card having an interposer board. The method includes processing a plurality of network transmissions through an end cap, and routing the network transmissions to an interposer board.04-12-2012
20120320930MAC ADDRESS TABLE COLLECTION IN DISTRIBUTED SWITCHING SYSTEMS - In accordance with embodiments of the present disclosure, a switch may include a processor and a plurality of line cards, each line card including a table of addresses. The processor may be configured to: (i) read, from a first line card of the plurality of line cards, addresses relating to all flooding domains present on the first line card; (ii) store the addresses read from the first line card on a memory accessible to the processor; (iii) determine a second line card of the plurality of line cards, the second line card having the presence of at least one flooding domain not present on the first line card; (iv) read, from the second line card, addresses relating to all flooding domains present on the second line card; and (v) store the addresses read from the second line card on the memory.12-20-2012
20120320929PACKET FORWARDING USING MULTIPLE STACKED CHASSIS - A stacked chassis comprising multiple physical switch/router chassis operates without any special stacking hardware or stacking channels. Instead, a stacking LAG is installed between front-end switch ports on the stacked chassis. The chassis controllers negotiate a master, which controls operation of all chassis in the stack. A stacked-chassis-wide port numbering scheme is used to distribute information to all line cards in the system. Each line card processes the information to distill physical-chassis significant information for operation of that chassis in the stack.12-20-2012
20130016734FIBRE CHANNEL SWITCHING SYSTEM - The Fibre Channel standard was created by the American National Standard for Information Systems (ANSI) X3T11 task group to define a serial I/O channel for interconnecting a number of heterogeneous peripheral devices to computer systems as well as interconnecting the computer systems themselves through optical fiber and copper media at gigabit speeds (i.e., one billion bits per second). Multiple protocols such as SCSI (Small Computer Serial Interface), IP (Internet Protocol), HIPPI, ATM (Asynchronous Transfer Mode) among others can concurrently utilize the same media when mapped over Fibre Channel. A Fibre Channel Fabric is an entity which transmits Fibre Channel frames between connected Node Ports. The Fibre Channel fabric routes the frames based on the destination address as well as other information embedded in the Fibre Channel frame header. Node Ports are attached to the Fibre Channel Fabric through links.01-17-2013
20080225877SWITCHING APPARATUS AND FRAME EXCHANGING METHOD - A switching apparatus is provided which performs switching of a frame sent from a node, in a system of the switching apparatus and the node having redundant ports. The switching apparatus generates a virtual port based on an external setting signal, relates the redundant ports to the virtual port, and sends the frame to one of the ports of the node related to the virtual port when the frame is destined to the virtual port.09-18-2008
20080225876Bifurcate Arbiter - An arbiter for a space switch comprising a two buffers, a media access controller having data outputs coupled to the two buffers, and two control outputs coupled to respective buffers for buffering input data at a clock rate one-half that of the input data and a switch fabric connected to the two buffers for matching buffer data throughput with switch data throughput, the arbiter comprising first and second schedulers, each scheduler includes a plurality of inputs for connection to the two buffers for receiving requests, a plurality of outputs for granting requests and a plurality of inter connections to each of the plurality of schedulers for informing them of grants and logic for logically grouping input ports associated with a bifurcate input port, logically grouping output ports associated with a bifurcate output port, establishing round robin pointers for each of two alternate clock ticks for tracking next allowable requests and on one clock tick allowing connection requests from input ports to output ports and accepting a connection request in dependence upon the grouping of the input and output ports and the round robin pointer. The arbiter can be generalized to an n-furcated switch having n-furcated ports where n is an integer greater than or equal to two.09-18-2008
20080225875Mapping Discovery for Virtual Network - A virtual network has network interfaces coupled by tunnels (09-18-2008
20130142205Hierarchical Self-Organizing Classification Processing in a Network Switch - Described embodiments process data packets received by a switch coupled to a network processor. The switch determines whether one or more rules for classifying and processing the received packet are stored in an internal classification database of the switch. If one or more rules are stored in the internal database, the switch updates statistics corresponding to each of the rules and classifies and processes the received packet in accordance with the rules. If no associated rules are stored in the internal database, the switch tags the received packet with metadata and forwards the packet to the network processor. The network processor determines one or more rules for classifying and processing the forwarded packet in a classification database of the network processor and updates statistics corresponding to each rule. The network processor classifies and processes the packet in accordance with the rules and updates the internal database of the switch.06-06-2013
20130177025MULTI-WIDEBAND COMMUNICATIONS OVER MULTIPLE MEDIUMS - A multi-network interface device includes a powerline communications interface and at least one other communications interface configured to communicate over a network. The network may comprise mediums including powerlines, telephone lines, and/or coaxial cables. In some embodiments, the powerline communications interface may communicate with a network apparatus, such as a personal computer, via an Ethernet interface. The multi-network interface device may communicate using multiple frequency bands.07-11-2013
20110274118METHOD AND APPARATUS FOR READING DATA FROM A PROTOCOL STACK OF TRANSMISSION CONTROL PROTOCOL/INTERNET PROTOCOL - A method and device for accessing data through a stack of Transmission Control Protocol and Internetwork Protocols (TCP/IP). The method includes: obtaining an identifier that designates a plurality of UDP data packets in the User Datagram Protocol (UDP) of the TCP/IP stack; obtaining a total length of UDP data packets to be accessed; obtaining data in the protocol stack according the total length of foregoing designated UDP data packets; copying the designated UDP data packets to a user state. The method uses the identifier to access a plurality of UDP data packets and use the length to determine the number of accessible UDP data packets whereby it can access a plurality of UDP data packet each time. Moreover, it reduces the frequency of system calls when accessing an equal number of UDP data packets and shortens the time of system calls. Therefore, it improves the network I/O capacity.11-10-2011
20080219281Access line bonding and splitting methods and apparatus - Methods and apparatus for aggregating communication channels. In one exemplary embodiment an aggregation device is required only on one side of the set of communication channels being aggregated. Advantageously, no modifications to the source and/or destination of data transfers are required for operation of the invention. In one embodiment utilized for data transfers in the downstream direction, object download requests can be fulfilled by sending a sequence of partial download requests through the set of communication channels being aggregated, and forwarding the resulting partial data objects received to the original requester in the proper order. In another embodiment utilized for upstream data transfers, traffic is bifurcated to travel along a set of communication channels, and the bifurcated traffic is reassembled either at the network layer or the transport layer.09-11-2008
20120250698Large Interconnect Fabrics - In one embodiment, a network switch includes multiple chips communicably coupled together and a buffered crossbar. Each chip is coupled to every other chip with two bi-directional serial channels and includes a slice of the buffered crossbar. One or more input ports, one or more output ports, and an input logic module are coupled to the plurality of chips, and the input logic module is configured to receive a packet of data, allocate the packet of data into one or more data fragments, and distribute the packet of data to the buffered crossbar. An output logic module is coupled to the chips and configured to retrieve the packet of data from the buffered crossbar, reconstruct the packet of data from the data fragments according to a gather scheme, and transmit the packet of data.10-04-2012
20130094515SYSTEMS, APPARATUS, AND METHODS FOR REMOVING DUPLICATE DATA PACKETS FROM A TRAFFIC FLOW OF CAPTURED DATA PACKETS TRANSMITTED VIA A COMMUNICATION NETWORK - Systems, apparatus, and methods for removing duplicate data packets from a traffic flow of captured data packets transmitted via a communication network may generate a secure hash signature for a captured data packet included in a traffic flow of captured data packets. The secure hash signature may be transmitted to a memory controller. The memory controller may compare the received secure hash signature with one or more previously generated secure hash signatures stored in a memory and transmit a control signal to a switch responsively to the comparison The switch may then transmit, or not transmit, the captured data packet to an egress port for eventual transmission to an external device responsively to the received control signal.04-18-2013
20130100961Reducing the memory requirements of a data switch - A data switch is proposed which can be operated such that it generates a MA table of MAC addresses of devices associated with some of its ports, but not the MAC addresses associated with one of the ports. Packets received by the switch, other than from the port, are assumed to be destined for the port and are transmitted via the port. If the port is connected to a network, and all the other ports are connected to a relatively small number of devices, such as one device per port, then the memory requirement to store the MA table is dramatically reduced.04-25-2013
20080198867Hash and Route Hardware with Parallel Routing Scheme - A multiprocessor switching device substantially implemented on a single CMOS integrated circuit is described in connection with a parallel routing scheme for calculating routing information for incoming packets. Using the programmable hash and route routing scheme, a hash and route circuit can be programmed for a variety of applications, such as routing, flow-splitting or load balancing.08-21-2008
20120275467Method and System of Centralized Control and Management for Fiber Channel Over Ethernet Networks - A first fiber channel over Ethernet (FCoE) data forwarder (FDF), comprising a memory coupled to a processor, wherein the memory comprises instructions that cause the processor to receive a base forwarding table from an FCoE controller and manager (FCM), wherein the FDF comprise a plurality of ports, and wherein the first FDF uses the base forwarding table to determine which of the ports to send a first FCoE data frame comprising fiber channel (FC) data, receive a second FCoE data frame comprising a media access control (MAC) address, a port identifier, and FC data, and update the base forwarding table using the MAC address and the port identifier.11-01-2012
20120275465Data Combiner and Splitter - In a network coupling redundant controllers to a control system, an electronic device is provided. The device comprises a first interface coupled to the control system addressed using a unique medium access control (MAC) address, a second interface coupled to a first redundant controller, and a third interface coupled to a second redundant controller. The device receives a first message via the first interface and transmits the first message via the second interface and via the third interface. The device receives a second message via the second interface and transmits the second message via the first interface. The device receives a third message via the third interface and transmits the third message via the first interface.11-01-2012
20100316062SCALABLE PACKET-SWITCH - A scalable packet switch possessing a multiport memory, a multiport memory manager, two or more input/output (I/O) ports, and two or more switch engines. Each switch engine is associated with one or more I/O ports, and is adapted to receive inbound packets and transmit outbound packets via the associated I/O ports. Inbound packets are stored in a shared packet buffer. Each switch engine is further adapted to (i) determine (i.e., bridge) the outbound I/O port(s) for received inbound packets by consulting a shared bridging table and (ii) schedule outbound packets for transmission, independently and in parallel with other switch engines. The shared packet buffer and shared bridging table are stored in the multiport memory and shared by all switch engines. The multiport memory manager allocates/de-allocates memory blocks within the multiport memory.12-16-2010
20120281711Method And System For Network Aware Virtual Machines - Network Interface Controller (NIC) logic may receive a packet comprising a routing parameter indicating a service or cost to be utilized in processing the packet. The NIC logic may determine a selected virtual machine (VM) running on a network device to process the packet according to the routing parameter. The NIC logic may communicate the packet across a network after the packet has been processed by the selected virtual VM. Or, the NIC logic may initialize a VM in the network device to process the packet according to the routing parameter. The NIC logic may receive multiple packets and determine a second selected VM or initialize a second VM to process the multiple packets according to the respective routing parameters of the multiple packets. The routing parameters may indicate device capabilities, service class, quality measurements, latency, power usage or any combination thereof.11-08-2012
20130182716DEVICE AND METHOD FOR SWITCHING DATA TRAFFIC IN A DIGITAL TRANSMISSION NETWORK - A network element for a digital transmission network is proposed. The network element contains two switching matrices for switching data cells, as well as ingress ports that receive TDM traffic flow and packet traffic flow and segment the traffic flows into cells. A control system for controlling the configuration of the ingress ports and the switching matrices controls the ingress ports, in case of no failure of the switching matrices, to forward the TDM traffic flows to both switching matrices and to split the packet traffic flow over the two switching matrices.07-18-2013
20110292949Path management control method, path management control program, path management control device and path management control system - The path management controller 12-01-2011
20120020374Method and System for Merging Network Stacks - A system includes a network interface and a plurality of processing cores. The network interface includes a plurality of ports. A first one of the cores processes tasks relating to a native network stack owning a first one of the ports. A second one of the cores processes tasks relating to an accelerated network stack owning a second one of the ports. The accelerated network stack receives a packet using the second port, determines an acceleration status of the packet, sends the packet to the native network stack if the acceleration status is not accelerated, and processes the packet if the acceleration status is accelerated.01-26-2012
20120020373PACKET FORWARDING USING MULTIPLE STACKED CHASSIS - A stacked chassis comprising multiple physical switch/router chassis operates without any special stacking hardware or stacking channels. Instead, a stacking LAG is installed between front-end switch ports on the stacked chassis. The chassis controllers negotiate a master, which controls operation of all chassis in the stack. A stacked-chassis-wide port numbering scheme is used to distribute information to all line cards in the system. Each line card processes the information to distill physical-chassis significant information for operation of that chassis in the stack.01-26-2012
20120076153STATISTICS MODULE FOR NETWORK PROCESSORS IN VIRTUAL LOCAL AREA NETWORKS - Described embodiments provide a method of operating a network processor coupled to a network via a communication link. An input/output adapter receives a data packet. A classification module provides control values of the data packet to a statistics module. The statistics module determines (i) updatable statistics based on the control values, and (ii) an address of a statistics bin in a memory of the network processor corresponding to the statistics. Updated values of the statistics are stored at the corresponding address. Values at selected addresses are processed by a control processor of the network processor, generating traffic characteristics for the data packets. The control processor adjusts operation of the network processor based on the traffic characteristics.03-29-2012
20120093171DATA TRANSFER DEVICE - A data transfer device 04-19-2012
20130208732Transporting Fibre Channel over Ethernet - Methods and apparatus for the Transporting of Fibre Channel data over Ethernet are disclosed. In one embodiment of the invention, Fibre Channel data frame and primitive signals are transported over Ethernet instead of using the Fibre Channel FC-08-15-2013

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