07860097 is referenced by 108 patents and cites 136 patents.

Virtual Network Interface Controllers (vNICs) provide for communication among modules of Enterprise Server (ES) embodiments via a switch fabric dataplane. Processes executing on compute complexes of the servers exchange data as packets or messages by interfaces made available through vNICs. The vNICs further provide for transparent communication with network and storage interfaces. vNIC provisioning capabilities include programmable bandwidth, priority scheme selection, and detailed priority control (such as round-robin weights). In some embodiments, vNICs are implemented in Virtual Input/Output Controllers (VIOCs). In another aspect, Virtual Local Area Networks (VLANs) enable access to layer-2 and selected layer-3 network functions while exchanging the packets and messages. VLAN identification is provided in each vNIC, and VLAN processing is partially performed in VIOCs implementing vNICs. The compute complexes and interfaces are typically configured as pluggable modules inserted into a backplane included in a chassis.

Title
Fabric-backplane enterprise servers with VNICs and VLANs
Application Number
11/57116
Publication Number
7860097 (B1)
Application Date
February 12, 2005
Publication Date
December 28, 2010
Inventor
Mangesh Shingane
San Jose
CA, US
Rajesh K Jagannathan
Santa Clara
CA, US
Myron H White
Hillsboro
OR, US
Shreyas B Shah
San Jose
CA, US
Nakul Pratap Saraiya
Palo Alto
CA, US
Cosmos Nicolaou
Palo Alto
CA, US
Sharad Mehrotra
Saratoga
CA, US
Thomas Dean Lovett
Portland
OR, US
Agent
Korbin Van Dyke
Bennett Smith
PatentVentures
Assignee
Habanero Holdings
CA, US
IPC
H04L 12/28
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