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A host CPU runs a network protocol processing stack that provides instructions not only to process network messages but also to allocate processing of certain network messages to a specialized network communication device, offloading some of the most time consuming protocol processing from the host CPU to the network communication device. By allocating common and time consuming network processes to the device, while retaining the ability to handle less time intensive and more varied processing on the host stack, the network communication device can be relatively simple and cost effective. The host CPU, operating according to instructions from the stack, and the network communication device together determine whether and to what extent a given message is processed by the host CPU or by the network communication device.

Title
Protocol processing stack for use with intelligent network interface device
Application Number
9/514425
Publication Number
6427171 (B1)
Application Date
February 28, 2000
Publication Date
July 30, 2002
Inventor
David A Higgen
Saratoga
CA, US
Laurence B Boucher
Saratoga
CA, US
Olive M Philbrick
San Jose
CA, US
Peter K Craft
San Francisco
CA, US
Agent
T Lester Wallace
US
Mark Lauer
US
Assignee
Alacritech
CA, US
IPC
G06F 15/16
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