Extreme Networks Patent Applications

Apparatus and Method for Multicast Data Packet Forwarding

Granted: January 14, 2016
Application Number: 20160014018
A switching device supports a mixed mode of operation using both layer 2 and layer 3 multicast forwarding tables for multicast forwarding of packets. In the mixed mode of operation the switching device programs multicast forwarding entries in a corresponding layer 2 or layer 3 table depending on a type of protocol to be used for multicast forwarding. The switching device programs multicast forwarding entries in the layer 3 table for multicast packets forwarded using layer 3 routing…

REDUNDANT ETHERNET AUTOMATIC PROTECTION SWITCHING ACCESS TO VIRTUAL PRIVATE LAN SERVICES

Granted: November 27, 2014
Application Number: 20140347980
Embodiments disclosed herein provide redundant connectivity between an Ethernet Automatic Protection Switching (EAPS) access network and a Virtual Private LAN Service (VPLS) network. A first VPLS node is provided to function as an EAPS controller node. A second VPLS node is provided to function as an EAPS partner node. The first and second VPLS nodes are linked by a pseudowire and an EAPS shared-link. Additional EAPS nodes are also provided. The additional EAPS nodes are linked to each…

METHODS AND SYSTEMS FOR SELECTIVELY PROCESSING VIRTUAL LOCAL AREA NETWORK (VLAN) TRAFFIC FROM DIFFERENT NETWORKS WHILE ALLOWING FLEXIBLE VLAN IDENTIFIER ASSIGNMENT

Granted: November 20, 2014
Application Number: 20140341223
Methods and systems for selectively processing VLAN traffic from different networks while allowing flexible VLAN identifier assignment are disclosed. According to one aspect, a layer 2 switch includes a virtual switch identifier data structure that associates a VLAN identifier extracted from a layer 2 frame and a port identifier corresponding to a port on which a frame is received with a virtual switch identifier. The virtual switch identifier is used to select a per-virtual-switch data…

FORWARDING INTER-SWITCH CONNECTION (ISC) FRAMES IN A NETWORK-TO-NETWORK INTERCONNECT TOPOLOGY

Granted: September 13, 2012
Application Number: 20120230325
Systems, mechanisms, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed for forwarding Inter-Switch Connection (ISC) frames in a Network-to-Network Interconnect (NNI) topology, for example, via a network switch which includes a first physical switch port to receive a physical switch link from a second network switch; logic to implement a first logical ISC and a second logical ISC? connection to the second network switch via the physical switch link; a second physical switch port to receive an…

FORWARDING INTER-SWITCH CONNECTION (ISC) FRAMES IN A NETWORK-TO-NETWORK INTERCONNECT TOPOLOGY

Granted: September 13, 2012
Application Number: 20120230344
Systems, mechanisms, apparatuses, and methods are disclosed for forwarding Inter-Switch Connection (ISC) frames in a Network-to-Network Interconnect (NNI) topology, for example, via a network switch which includes a first and second physical switch port to receive a first and second physical switch link from a second network switch; logic to implement first and second logical ISC? connections to the second switch via the first and second physical switch links respectively; logic to…

METHOD OF PROVIDING VIRTUAL ROUTER FUNCTIONALITY

Granted: August 16, 2012
Application Number: 20120207169
A method of presenting different virtual routers to different end users, classes of service, or packets is provided. An incoming packet is received having a VLAN field and at least one additional field. A key is formed from the VLAN field and at least one other packet field, and mapped into a virtual router identifier (VRID) using an indirection mapping process. The VRID identifies a particular virtual router configuration from a plurality of possible virtual router configurations. A…

INTEGRATED METHODS OF PERFORMING NETWORK SWITCH FUNCTIONS

Granted: June 23, 2011
Application Number: 20110149736
On-switch methods for enforcing a policy relating to one or more network switch resources, for detecting and mitigating a network anomaly, and for selectively filtering packets to an externally-accessible port, are provided. The methods may each be embodied as one or more rules held by one or more processor readable media, with one or more of the rules defining one or more conditions to be met by one or more usage-derived packet statistics, and one or more actions to be performed if the…

NETWORK CONVERGENCE IN RESPONSE TO A TOPOLOGY CHANGE

Granted: September 30, 2010
Application Number: 20100246387
In response to a network topology change, packets are initially flooded on ports of a network device. In addition, a bit array is cleared in response to the topology change. Each bit in the bit array is associated with a particular forwarding entry on the network device. In connection with the clearing of the bit array, the flooding of packets on ports of the network device is made conditional, reducing failover time of the network.

CONVERGENCE OF MULTICAST TRAFFIC

Granted: March 4, 2010
Application Number: 20100054246
A multicast data packet sent from a source node is received by a transit node. The multicast data packet includes a source address and a multicast group address. A hardware cache miss is detected at the transit node for the multicast data packet. The multicast data packet is hardware-flooded onto ports of the network. The flooding consists of forwarding a copy of the multicast data packet to neighbor nodes of the transit node based on virtual local area network (VLAN) membership. A…