05610745 is referenced by 147 patents and cites 17 patents.

The invention is a method and apparatus for transmitting frames from a plurality of node ports (N.sub.-- ports) to their associated fabric ports (F.sub.-- ports) for forwarding to other interconnected F.sub.-- ports on a Fibre Channel switch in which the transmitted frames are stored in a plurality of receive buffers at the associated F.sub.-- port prior to forwarding to an interconnected F.sub.-- port, and a receive credit counter, a smart credit counter and a transmit credit counter are employed for tracking the availability of the receive buffers.

Title
Method and apparatus for tracking buffer availability
Application Number
8/548505
Publication Number
5610745
Application Date
October 26, 1995
Publication Date
March 11, 1997
Inventor
Dwayne Bennett
Scarborough
CA
Agent
Richard F Schuette
Assignee
Hewlett Packard Co
CA, US
IPC
H04Q 11/04
H04J 14/08
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