05790546 is referenced by 187 patents and cites 14 patents.

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 connectionless datagram from a first end system to a second end system, a path of valid connections through one or more switches from the first end system to the second end system is determined by configuring the connection table of each switch on the path with a connection identifier identified by the physical layer addresses of the first and second end systems, and wherein the data packet remains as a connectionless datagram. In other aspects, an improved method is providing 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
Method of transmitting data packets in a packet switched communications network
Application Number
188238
Publication Number
5790546
Application Date
December 4, 1995
Publication Date
August 4, 1998
Inventor
Jason Jeffords
Dover
NH, US
Roger Dev
Durham
NH, US
Dan Hullette
Wilton
NH, US
Bruce Nutbrown
Campton
NH, US
Andy Grimes
Cape Neddick
ME, US
Tom Parker
Merrimack
NH, US
Chris Oliver
Rochester
NH, US
Phil Andlauer
Londonderry
NH, US
Kurt Dobbins
Bedford
NH, US
Agent
Wolf Greenfield & Sacks P C
Assignee
Cabletron Systems
NH, US
IPC
H04L 12/56
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