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A high performance scalable networking bridge/router system is based on a backbone communication medium and message passing process which interconnects a plurality of input/output modules. The input/output modules vary in complexity from a simple network interface device having no switching or routing resources on board, to a fully functional bridge/router system. Also, in between these two extremes input/output modules which support distributed protocol processing are supported. A central internetworking engine includes a shared memory resource coupled to the backbone. The architecture includes a physical layer communication system for transferring control messages and data packets across the backbone, a logical layer interprocessor messaging system which operates over the physical layer across the backbone for communication between intelligent input/out modules, and between such modules in the central internetworking engine, and distributed protocol modules which are supported on intelligent input/output modules, and communicate using the logical interprocessor messaging system with the central internetworking resources.

Title
Bridge/router architecture for high performance scalable networking
Application Number
438897
Publication Number
5802278
Application Date
January 23, 1996
Publication Date
September 1, 1998
Inventor
Nagaraj Arunkumar
San Jose
CA, US
Michael J Seaman
Mountain View
CA, US
Bruce W Mitchell
San Jose
CA, US
Tracy D Mallory
Palo Alto
CA, US
Mark S Isfeld
San Jose
CA, US
Agent
Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati
Assignee
3Com Corporation
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/14
G06F 15/16
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