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Calculating a checksum with inactive networking components in a computing system

United States Patent

December 16, 2014
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Calculating a checksum utilizing inactive networking components in a computing system, including: identifying, by a checksum distribution manager, an inactive networking component, wherein the inactive networking component includes a checksum calculation engine for computing a checksum; sending, to the inactive networking component by the checksum distribution manager, metadata describing a block of data to be transmitted by an active networking component; calculating, by the inactive networking component, a checksum for the block of data; transmitting, to the checksum distribution manager from the inactive networking component, the checksum for the block of data; and sending, by the active networking component, a data communications message that includes the block of data and the checksum for the block of data.
Aho; Michael E. (Rochester, MN), Chen; Dong (Croton on Hudson, NY), Eisley; Noel A. (Wappingers Falls, NY), Gooding; Thomas M. (Rochester, MN), Heidelberger; Philip (Cortlandt Manor, NY), Tauferner; Andrew T. (Rochester, MN)
International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)
13/ 370,059
February 9, 2012
STATEMENT REGARDING FEDERALLY SPONSORED RESEARCH OR DEVELOPMENT This invention was made with Government support under Contract No. B579040 awarded by the Department of Energy. The Government has certain rights in this invention.