Cisco Patent Applications

LOAD BALANCING IN A DISTRIBUTED GATEWAY DEPLOYMENT

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170142613
Method for assisting load-balancing of subscriber sessions in a distributed mobile gateway (e.g. PGW, SGW, ePDG, or TWAG) comprising a plurality of distributed gateway instances (DGIs) is disclosed. Method includes receiving an advertisement of GTP fully qualified tunnel endpoints identifications (F-TEIDs) allocated to a first plurality of subscriber sessions, the sessions assigned to a first DGI of the DGIs. The advertisement indicates the first DGI as a recipient for data provided to…

SYSTEM AND METHOD TO PROVIDE DYNAMIC BANDWIDTH ALLOCATION OVER WIDE AREA NETWORKS

Granted: May 18, 2017
Application Number: 20170142709
An example method is provided in one example embodiment and includes intercepting a setup request for a session via a small cell network portion associated with a wide area network (WAN) instance, wherein the WAN instance comprises the small cell network portion and an enterprise network portion and wherein the small cell network portion and the enterprise network portion are interconnected to a service provider network; classifying the session to a particular WAN priority queue, wherein…

Determining Physical Layer Error Signatures of a Communications Link

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170132055
In one embodiment, physical layer error signatures of a communications link are determined by ascertaining characteristics of erred and correct modulation symbols received by a physical receiver of a communications device, such as, but not limited to, by a receiver of a packet switching device in a communications network normally used to receive data traffic. In one embodiment, a physical receiver of a physical communications device receives a particular modulation symbol and determines…

HIERARCHICAL FEATURE EXTRACTION FOR MALWARE CLASSIFICATION IN NETWORK TRAFFIC

Granted: May 11, 2017
Application Number: 20170134404
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving packet flow data at a feature extraction hierarchy comprising a plurality of levels, each of the levels comprising a set of feature extraction functions, computing a first set of feature vectors for the packet flow data at a first level of the feature extraction hierarchy, inputting the first set of feature vectors from the first level of the feature extraction hierarchy into a second level of the feature extraction hierarchy to compute a…

CONTAINER MANAGEMENT AND APPLICATION INGESTION ENGINE

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170126432
In one embodiment, a system has host machines forming a cluster. Each host machine runs containers, where each container includes a segment of hardware resources associated with the host machine, a segment of an operating system utilized by the host machine, and at least one application. Host agents operate on the host machines. Each host agent collects operational parameters associated with the containers on each host machine. A management platform is operative to divide the cluster…

CONTAINER MANAGEMENT AND APPLICATION INGESTION ENGINE

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170126506
In one embodiment, a system has host machines forming a cluster. Each host machine runs containers, where each container includes a segment of hardware resources associated with the host machine, a segment of an operating system utilized by the host machine, and at least one application. Host agents operate on the host machines. Each host agent collects operational parameters associated with the containers on each host machine. A management platform is operative to divide the cluster…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR PROVIDING A CHANGE IN USER EQUIPMENT PACKET DATA NETWORK INTERNET PROTOCOL ADDRESS IN A SPLIT CONTROL AND USER PLANE EVOLVED PACKET CORE ARCHITECTURE

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170126618
A method is provided in one example embodiment and may include determining a location for a user equipment (UE); determining whether at least one user data plane entity servicing at least one packet data network (PDN) flow for the UE is to be changed based, at least in part, on the location of the UE; if at least one user data plane entity is to be changed, selecting at least one new user data plane entity to service the at least one PDN flow for the UE; allocating a new PDN Internet…

TIMER-BASED SCHEME FOR USER EQUIPMENT QUEUE STATE ESTIMATION

Granted: May 4, 2017
Application Number: 20170127441
Embodiments include starting a first timer if a queue state associated with a user equipment (UE) is estimated to equal zero bytes of data and if a last buffer status report received from the UE indicated the queue state to be greater than zero bytes of data, sending a control message granting uplink resources to the UE if the first timer expires, and determining the queue state associated with the UE based, at least in part, on a response to the control message. In specific embodiments…

AUTOMATIC TRIGGERING OF LINEAR PROGRAMMING SOLVERS USING STREAM REASONING

Granted: April 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170116526
In one embodiment, a method includes identifying at a network device, metrics associated with constraints of an optimization problem, receiving values for the metrics from a stream reasoner, obtaining an initial solution of the optimization problem from a linear programming solver based on the values of the metrics, and instructing the linear programming solver to calculate a new solution to the optimization problem when the stream reasoner indicates that the constraints of the…

LAYER 2 CHANNEL SELECTION

Granted: April 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170118116
In an example, there is disclosed a network switch or other computing apparatus comprising: an ingress interface; a plurality of egress interfaces; and one or more logic elements, including at least a content addressable memory (CAM), comprising a channel selection engine to provide persistent channel selection comprising: receive a packet on the ingress interface; inspect a layer 2 (L2) attribute of the packet; lookup the L2 attribute in the CAM; and assign the packet to an egress…

IP ROUTING POOL DISTRIBUTION AMONG FORWARDING ELEMENTS IN SDN SERVICE CORE DEPLOYMENT

Granted: April 27, 2017
Application Number: 20170118275
An example method for load-balanced IP pool distribution among a plurality of forwarding elements is provided. The method may include assigning a plurality of IP pool chunks to the plurality of forwarding elements, each IP pool chunk comprising a plurality of IP addresses, and receiving, from each of the forwarding elements, information indicative of a load on each forwarding element. The method may further include performing load balancing using the information indicative of the load on…

TRIGGERED IN-BAND OPERATIONS, ADMINISTRATION, AND MAINTENANCE IN A NETWORK ENVIRONMENT

Granted: April 20, 2017
Application Number: 20170111209
Embodiments of the disclosure pertain to activating in-band OAM based on a triggering event. Aspects of the embodiments are directed to receiving a first notification indicating a problem in a network; triggering a data-collection feature on one or more nodes in the network for subsequent packets that traverse the one or more nodes; evaluating a subsequent packet that includes data augmented by the data collection feature; and determining the problem in the network based on the data…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FREQUENCY AND TIME DOMAIN DOWNLINK INTER-CELL INTERFERENCE COORDINATION

Granted: April 20, 2017
Application Number: 20170111919
An example method is provided in one example embodiment and includes receiving performance metric information from a plurality of small cell radios, wherein the performance metric information includes, at least in part, a number of user equipment that are to be scheduled on a first type and a second type of subframes for each small cell radio; determining resource allocation parameters for the plurality of small cell radios; exchanging interference information between two or more small…

SYSTEM AND METHOD FOR FREQUENCY AND TIME DOMAIN DOWNLINK INTER-CELL INTERFERENCE COORDINATION

Granted: April 20, 2017
Application Number: 20170111926
An example method is provided in one example embodiment and includes receiving performance metric information from a plurality of small cell radios, wherein the performance metric information includes, at least in part, a number of user equipment that are to be scheduled on a first type and a second type of subframes for each small cell radio; determining resource allocation parameters for the plurality of small cell radios; exchanging interference information between two or more small…

VOICE OVER LTE SUPPORT FOR NON-UICC DEVICES ATTACHED TO AN LTE MOBILE ROUTER

Granted: April 13, 2017
Application Number: 20170104795
In one embodiment a router connects to a cellular network using at least one authentication credential stored on a smart card of the router. The router receives, from a client device coupled to the router, a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) request to register with an Internet Protocol Multimedia Subsystem (IMS) network coupled to the cellular network. The router sends a SIP registration request for the client device to the IMS network, the SIP registration request comprising…

AUTOMATIC GENERATION OF CLUSTER DESCRIPTIONS

Granted: April 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170099304
In one embodiment, a method includes receiving data associated with a cluster at a computer and processing the data at the computer to automatically generate a description of the cluster. The data includes cluster data comprising data within the cluster and non-cluster data comprising a remaining set of the data. The description comprises a minimal set of features that uniquely defines the cluster to differentiate the cluster data from non-cluster data. An apparatus and logic are also…

SCALABLE CONTROL PLANE

Granted: April 6, 2017
Application Number: 20170099612
In an example, there is disclosed a computing apparatus, having: a processor; a memory; a network interface to communicatively couple to a mobile data network; and an interconnection and routing function (IRF) server engine to: receive an incoming Control plane message from a source network function (NF) via the network interface; examine a header of the incoming Control plane message to determine a destination NF of the Control plane message; and route the Control plane message to the…

IN-SERVICE UPGRADE OF KERNEL LOADABLE MODULES

Granted: March 30, 2017
Application Number: 20170090897
In one embodiment, a method includes creating an active container and a standby container for a single supervisor of an operating system at a network device, instantiating instances for active Kernel Loadable Modules (KLMs) for servicing the active container, instantiating instances for standby KLMs for servicing the standby container, wherein one or more of the standby KLMs comprise upgraded versions of the active KLMs, and switching over from the active container to the standby…

Proactive M2M Framework Using Device-Level vCard for Inventory, Identity, and Network Management

Granted: March 30, 2017
Application Number: 20170093610
A network device may connect to a smart-enabled network. Once connected, the network device may receive a network address for a network management server (NMS). Having the network address for the NMS, the network device may generate a vCard comprising the attributes necessary for registering with the NMS. The network device may then communicate the vCard to the NMS. The NMS may then be configured to identify, register, and add the network device to a directory.

LOW LATENCY EFFICIENT SHARING OF RESOURCES IN MULTI-SERVER ECOSYSTEMS

Granted: March 23, 2017
Application Number: 20170083466
A method is provided in one example embodiment and includes receiving by a network element a request from a network device connected to the network element to update a shared resource maintained by the network element; subsequent to the receipt, identifying a Base Address Register Resource Table (“BRT”) element assigned to a Peripheral Component Interconnect (“PCI”) adapter of the network element associated with the network device, wherein the BRT points to the shared resource;…