06393487 is referenced by 184 patents and cites 5 patents.

A system for protocol processing in a computer network has an intelligent network interface card (INIC) or communication processing device (CPD) associated with a host computer. The INIC provides a fast-path that avoids protocol processing for most large multi-packet messages, greatly accelerating data communication. The INIC also assists the host for those message packets that are chosen for processing by host software layers. A communication control block for a message is defined that allows DMA controllers of the INIC to move data, free of headers, directly to or from a destination or source in the host. The context is stored in the INIC as a communication control block (CCB) that can be passed back to the host for message processing by the host. The INIC contains specialized hardware circuits that are much faster at their specific tasks than a general purpose CPU. A preferred embodiment includes a trio of pipelined processors with separate processors devoted to transmit, receive and management processing, with full duplex communication for four fast Ethernet nodes.

Title
Passing a communication control block to a local device such that a message is processed on the device
Application Number
9/804553
Publication Number
6393487 (B2)
Application Date
March 12, 2001
Publication Date
May 21, 2002
Inventor
Daryl D Starr
Milpitas
CA, US
Clive M Philbrick
San Jose
CA, US
David A Higgen
Saratoga
CA, US
Peter K Craft
San Francisco
CA, US
Stephen E J Blightman
San Jose
CA, US
Laurence B Boucher
Saratoga
CA, US
Agent
T Lester Wallace
US
Mark Lauer
US
Assignee
Alacritech
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/173
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