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Transport of Network Management Data in a Computer Network

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000120827D
Original Publication Date: 1991-Jun-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Apr-02
Document File: 2 page(s) / 84K

Publishing Venue

IBM

Related People

Allen, MO: AUTHOR [+5]

Abstract

Disclosed is a method for transporting network management data in a computer network which minimizes the use of sessions. A session is an association provided by the networking software between application programs in separate nodes of the computer network.

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Transport of Network Management Data in a Computer Network

      Disclosed is a method for transporting network management
data in a computer network which minimizes the use of sessions.  A
session is an association provided by the networking software between
application programs in separate nodes of the computer network.

      Normally, when an application program in one node of the
network has data to send to an application program in another node of
the network, networking software in the origin node establishes a
session with networking software in the target node (the location of
the target application program).  A session is established by the
transmission of a series of control messages between the networking
software in the nodes of the computer network.  When a session is
established, it is then assigned exclusively for use by the two
application programs, which can use it to transmit data back and
forth.  When the application's programs have completed their exchange
of data, they release the session back to the networking software in
their respective nodes so that it can be assigned to other
application programs as needed.  If another application program had
needed the use of a session while the previous session was in use,
the networking software would have created another session by
transmitting control messages through the network.

      Network management application programs typically have very
brief exchanges of data (often a single data record transmitted from
one application program to the other). Because of this, when the
nodes of a computer network contain a number of these network
management application programs, the normal method for assigning
sessions by the networking so...