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Local Area Network Adapter Management Stack Structure

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000117969D
Original Publication Date: 1996-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-31
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Houck, DM: AUTHOR [+2]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for managing Local Area Network (LAN) adapters. The LAN Adapter Management Stack provides management of a wide variety of LAN Adapters across a diverse set of operating environments.

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Local Area Network Adapter Management Stack Structure

      Disclosed is a method for managing Local Area Network (LAN)
adapters.  The LAN Adapter Management Stack provides management of a
wide variety of LAN Adapters across a diverse set of operating
environments.

      LAN Adapter information and event notifications are already
made available to the protocol stacks through existing low-level APIs
such as:  NDIS2, NDIS3 and ODI.  This information can be presented to
DMI and used by management applications.  The LAN Adapter Management
Stack would bridge the gap between the low-level API and DMI.  The
diagram illustrates how the management function would resemble a
protocol stack, very similar to the commonly known protocol stacks.

      Each of the low-level APIs provide: product descriptions,
adapter addresses (UAA, LAA, Functional/Multicast), packet/byte
counters, driver information and assorted adapter attributes (e.g.,
IRQ level, IO/memory addresses/ranges).  The protocol stacks are also
aware of adapter and media events such as: adapter checks and
lobe-wire faults.  This basic set of information and event
notifications would be invaluable to a management application.