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Interconnecting network for switching data packets and method for switching data packets

United States Patent

May 25, 2010
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The interconnecting network for switching data packets, having data and flow control information, comprises a local packet switch element (S1) with local input buffers (I(1,1) . . . I(1,y)) for buffering the incoming data packets, a remote packet switch element (S2) with remote input buffers (I(2,1) . . . I(2,y)) for buffering the incoming data packets, and data lines (L) for interconnecting the local and the remote packet switch elements (S1, S2). The interconnecting network further comprises a local and a remote arbiter (A1, A2) which are connected via control lines (CL) to the input buffers (I(1,1) . . . I(1,y), I(2,1) . . . I(2,y)), and which are formed such that they can provide that the flow control information is transmitted via the data lines (L) and the control lines (CL).
Benner; Alan Frederic (Poughkeepsie, NY), Minkenberg; Cyriel Johan Agnes (Adliswil, CH), Stunkel; Craig Brian (Bethel, CT)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
11/ 095,269
March 31, 2005
This invention was made with Government support under Contract No.: OSMOSIS B 527064 awarded by the U.S. Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.