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Apparatus and method for establishing "virtual connections" through a packet switched data communications network, the network including a plurality of end systems and switches connected by links. Each end system has a unique physical layer address and each switch has a connection database of valid connections between different ports on the switch and a switching mechanism for establishing temporary connections. Each switch is registered with a connection server such that, prior to transmission of a connectionsless datagram from a first end system to a second end system, a path of valid remains as a connectionless datagram. In other aspects, an improved method is provided for allocating bandwidth among competing devices requesting access to a bandwidth limited shared resource (e.g., the previously defined switch), and to a search method for making a best path determination through the network based on a number of constraints.

Title
System and method for allocating a shared resource among competing devices
Application Number
188238
Publication Number
5491694
Application Date
October 5, 1994
Publication Date
February 13, 1996
Inventor
Dan Hullette
Wilton
NH, US
Chris Oliver
Rochester
NH, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks
Assignee
Cabletron Systems
DE, US
IPC
H04J 3/16
H04J 3/02
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