05490252 is referenced by 408 patents and cites 25 patents.

An internetworking system for exchanging packets of information between networks, the system comprising a network interface module for connecting a network to the system, receiving packets from the network in a native packet format used by the network and converting each received native packet to a packet having a generic format common to all networks connected to the system, and converting each of the generic packets to the native packet format for transmission to the network; a communication channel for carrying the generic packets to and from the network interface module, the channel having bandwidth; a first processing module for controlling dynamic allocation and deallocation of the channel bandwidth to the network connected to the system via the network interface module; and a second processing module for receiving all of the generic packets put on the channel by the network interface module, determining a destination network interface module for each of the generic packets on the channel, determining whether each of the generic packet needs to be bridged to the destination network interface module, and transmitting each of the generic packets determined to need bridging to the destination network interface module via the channel.

Title
System having central processor for transmitting generic packets to another processor to be altered and transmitting altered packets back to central processor for routing
Application Number
7/954617
Publication Number
5490252
Application Date
September 30, 1992
Publication Date
February 6, 1996
Inventor
Jeremy Greene
Stow
MA, US
Gururaj Deshpande
Andover
MA, US
Frank J Bruns
Medfield
MA, US
Victor Bennett
Ipswich
MA, US
Francis E Neil
Chelmsford
MA, US
John A Mastroianni
Hopkinton
MA, US
George W Kajos
Auburn
MA, US
Dennis Josifovich
Northborough
MA, US
William E Jennings
Hopkinton
MA, US
Mario Macera
Newton
MA, US
Assignee
Bay Networks Group
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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