Brocade Patent Applications

IP-BASED INTERCONNECTION OF SWITCHES WITH A LOGICAL CHASSIS

Granted: March 16, 2017
Application Number: 20170078150
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch includes a logical channel apparatus and a tunnel apparatus. The logical channel apparatus associates a logical channel identifier of a logical channel with the switch and assigns an Internet Protocol (IP) address as switch identifier of the switch. The logical channel includes a plurality of member switches and the switch is a member switch of the logical channel. The IP address uniquely identifies the switch in the…

GRACEFUL RECOVERY OF A MULTICAST-ENABLED SWITCH

Granted: February 2, 2017
Application Number: 20170034047
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch includes a processor, a storage device, a multicast management module, and a graceful recovery module. The multicast management module participates in a multicast tree of a multicast group. The graceful recovery module determines a recovery event and constructs a message indicating the recovery event for a second switch. The switch and the second switch belong to a first virtual local area network (VLAN). The graceful…

SCALABLE GATEWAYS FOR A FABRIC SWITCH

Granted: January 26, 2017
Application Number: 20170026197
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch includes a gateway subgroup module, a tunnel management module, and a packet processor. The gateway subgroup module operates the switch in conjunction with a remote switch to form a gateway subgroup. The switch and the remote switch actively operate as tunnel gateways. The tunnel management module maintains a data structure indicating whether a tunnel source subnet is associated with the gateway subgroup. The packet…

CONFIGURATION OF A NETWORK VISIBILITY SYSTEM

Granted: December 22, 2016
Application Number: 20160373303
A network visibility system provided according to an aspect of the present disclosure forms rules for routing of packets to appropriate analytic server, based on IP addresses discovered while processing packets. Due to such discovery and forming of rules based on discovery, manual configuration of the network visibility system can be avoided. In an embodiment, the network visibility system comprises a packet router and a router controller. The router controller receives the examined…

CONFIGURATION OF RULES IN A NETWORK VISIBILITY SYSTEM

Granted: December 22, 2016
Application Number: 20160373304
Aspects of the present disclosure enable a router controller to maintain a default rules table indicating allocation of IP addresses (of GTP packets) to respective output ports. In an embodiment, the router controller receives information indicating the respective tunnel endpoint IP addresses of a control session and a data session of a user. The router controller is configured to determine whether such IP addresses of the control session and the data session(s) are allocated to the same…

ARCHITECTURE FOR A NETWORK VISIBILITY SYSTEM

Granted: December 22, 2016
Application Number: 20160373351
Aspects of the present disclosure provide a suitable architecture for a router controller which configures forwarding rules in a packet router of a network visibility system. In an embodiment, the router controller contains multiple controller blocks, with each controller block to examine a corresponding set of packets and to generate a respective set of forwarding rules for configuring the packet router. The router controller may also contain a switch to receive multiple packets and to…

CONFIGURATION OF LOAD-SHARING COMPONENTS OF A NETWORK VISIBILITY ROUTER IN A NETWORK VISIBILITY SYSTEM

Granted: December 22, 2016
Application Number: 20160373352
A network visibility system includes a packet router and a router controller. The router controller programs respective forwarding rules in each of a set of load-sharing components of the packet router. Each load-sharing component in the set is designed to forward communication packets according to the respective programmed packet-forwarding rules. The router controller receives, from the packet router, information indicating an update to the availability status of components in the set…

TECHNIQUES TO RESTORE MULTICAST DATA PLANE FROM PERSISTENT STORAGE

Granted: December 15, 2016
Application Number: 20160366070
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch includes a multicast management module, a storage module, and a recovery module. During operation, the multicast management module represents multicast information from one or more entries of a multicast data structure in a way that the switch can derive its multicast states from the multicast information. The storage module stores the multicast information in a recovery file in a local persistent storage device. If…

MAC ADDRESS SYNCHRONIZATION IN A FABRIC SWITCH

Granted: November 24, 2016
Application Number: 20160344658
One embodiment of the present invention provides a system for facilitating synchronization of MAC addresses in a fabric switch. During operation, the system divides a number of media access control (MAC) addresses associated with devices coupled to an interface of the switch. The system then computes a checksum for a respective chunk of MAC addresses. In addition, the system broadcasts MAC address information of the chunk to facilitate MAC address synchronization in a fabric switch of…

VIRTUAL LINK AGGREGATIONS ACROSS MULTIPLE FABRIC SWITCHES

Granted: November 10, 2016
Application Number: 20160330141
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch is configurable to be a member of a first fabric switch. The switch includes a link aggregation module. During operation, the link aggregation module marks an ingress-switch field of a frame with a virtual switch identifier. This virtual switch identifier is associated with the switch and a second switch, which is a member of a second fabric switch, and is from a range of identifier associated with the first fabric…

DYNAMIC ORCHESTRATION OF OVERLAY TUNNELS

Granted: October 13, 2016
Application Number: 20160299775
One embodiment of the present invention provides a dynamic overlay tunnel orchestration system. During operation, the system detects the appearance of a first virtual machine running on a hypervisor of a first host machine coupled to a first switch in a network. The system identifies a first virtual local area network (VLAN) associated with the first virtual machine and determines whether an overlay tunnel exists between the first switch and a second switch coupling a second virtual…

PROTECTION SWITCHING OVER A VIRTUAL LINK AGGREGATION

Granted: September 1, 2016
Application Number: 20160255018
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch comprises one or more ports and a link management module. The link management module operates a first aggregate link group as an active aggregate link group of a protected virtual link aggregation. This protected virtual link aggregation operates as a single logical channel. An aggregate link group comprises a plurality of logically aggregated links. The first aggregate link group, which represents the logical channel,…

TRANSPARENT HIGH AVAILABILITY FOR STATEFUL SERVICES

Granted: August 25, 2016
Application Number: 20160246650
One embodiment of the present invention provides a system. The system includes a high availability module and a data transformation module. During operation, the high availability module identifies a modified object belonging to an application in a second system. A modification to the modified object is associated with a transaction identifier. The high availability module also identifies a local object corresponding to the modified object associated with a standby application…

POWER MANAGEMENT IN A NETWORK OF INTERCONNECTED SWITCHES

Granted: July 7, 2016
Application Number: 20160197784
A switch can reduce power consumption in a switch network by disabling under-utilized links between switches. The switch can include one or more line cards each operable to transmit and receive packets over a respective link to a remote switch. The switch can also comprise a control mechanism operable to place under-utilized links in standby mode whenever possible to conserve power. During operation, the switch can receive a standby request for placing a first link to a neighboring…

DISTRIBUTED BIDIRECTIONAL FORWARDING DETECTION PROTOCOL (D-BFD) FOR CLUSTER OF INTERCONNECTED SWITCHES

Granted: July 7, 2016
Application Number: 20160197853
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch which comprises one or more ports adapted to receive packets. The switch is a member of a network of interconnected switches, and also comprises a path monitoring apparatus adapted to: in response to a control packet associated with a session within a predetermined time interval, set a receive indicator for the switch to an active state; and in response to absence of the control packet associated with the session within the…

MULTILAYERED DISTRIBUTED ROUTER ARCHITECTURE

Granted: June 16, 2016
Application Number: 20160173371
A distributed multilayered network routing architecture comprises multiple layers including a controller layer comprising a controller, a control plane layer comprising one or more control plane subsystems, and a data plane layer comprising one or more data plane subsystems. A controller may be coupled to one or more control plane subsystems. A control plane subsystem may in turn be coupled to one or more data plane subsystems, which may include one or more software data plane subsystems…

NETWORK FEEDBACK IN SOFTWARE-DEFINED NETWORKS

Granted: June 16, 2016
Application Number: 20160173393
One embodiment of the present invention provides a computing system capable of providing feedback to a controller in a software-defined network. The computing system includes a policy management module and a communication module coupled to the policy management module. During operation, the policy management module recognizes a local policy indicating how a data flow is to be processed and identifies a data flow associated with the policy. The communication module constructs a request…

NAME SERVICES FOR VIRTUAL CLUSTER SWITCHING

Granted: June 16, 2016
Application Number: 20160173585
One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch that facilitates name services in a virtual cluster switch. The switch includes a name service database indicating at least one media access control (MAC) address learned at a second switch. The switch also includes a control mechanism. During operation, the control mechanism distributes information on a locally learned MAC address to the second switch. In addition, the control mechanism receives information on a MAC address…

REMOTE PORT MIRRORING

Granted: May 12, 2016
Application Number: 20160134563
A switch that facilitates remote port mirroring is described. The switch can include an encapsulation mechanism and a forwarding mechanism. The encapsulation mechanism can be configured to encapsulate a copy of a first packet in a second packet, thereby preserving header information (e.g., a VLAN identifier and/or a TRILL header) of the first packet. The forwarding mechanism can be configured to forward the first packet using header information of the first packet, and forward the second…

MULTIPLE RING IDENTIFICATION AND CONFIGURATION PROTOCOL

Granted: April 28, 2016
Application Number: 20160119220
A protocol identifies and configures rings in a network topology automatically in order to simplify and quicken the actions that need to be performed in response to addition, deletion and shuffle of network nodes in that topology. Such rings do not need to be identified and configured manually. The protocol involves two separate sequentially performed phases. In the first phase, the protocol can automatically identify all rings that are present within a Virtual Local Area Network (VLAN)…