06081883 is referenced by 185 patents and cites 10 patents.

A scalable computer system has an interconnect bus providing communication links among a host processor and one or more function-specific processors, including a network processor (NP) and a file storage processor (FSP). The host processor provides a single interface to network administrators for maintaining the system. A bi-endian conversion system is provided to minimize a need for translating between big and little endian data types generated by diverse processors. The NP shares a single memory image with other processors and has a buffer memory for buffering requests from the network interfaces. The buffer memory has one or more segments which are dynamically allocatable to different processors. The FSP has a metadata cache for maintaining information on data being cached in the NP buffer memory. The FSP also has a write cache for buffering file write operations directed at disks. Upon receiving requests for data from the NP, the FSP checks the metadata cache to see if a copy of the requested data has been cached in the NP buffer and, if the copy exists in the NP buffer, causing the NP with the data to respond to the request. The resulting scalable computer provides higher data availability, faster access to shared data, and reduced administrative costs via data consolidation.

Title
Processing system with dynamically allocatable buffer memory
Application Number
8/985996
Publication Number
6081883
Application Date
December 5, 1997
Publication Date
June 27, 2000
Inventor
Edward John Row
Mountain View
CA, US
David Allan Higgen
Saratoga
CA, US
Clive Mathew Philbrick
San Jose
CA, US
Peter Kingsley Craft
San Francisco
CA, US
Daniel Murray Jones
Castro Valley
CA, US
Leslie Thomas McCutcheon
Fremont
CA, US
Amod Prabhakar Bodas
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Donald Wayne Sterk
Santa Clara
CA, US
Lakshman Narayanaswamy
Santa Clara
CA, US
Murali Sundaramoorthy Repakula
Milpitas
CA, US
Paul Brian Del Fante
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Richard Allen Walter
San Jose
CA, US
Tarun Kumar Tripathy
Sunnyvale
CA, US
Paul Popelka
Cupertino
CA, US
Agent
Fish & Richardson P C
Assignee
Auspex Systems Incorporated
CA, US
IPC
G06F 13/00
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