Distributed Packet Transmission System
Original Publication Date: 1989-Jan-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Jan-27
This article describes a contention system which may be very useful where the network provides extremely high bit rates with relatively low utilization. The basic network is illustrated in the drawing and utilizes a combiner to which each of the devices is connected by unidirectional receive and transmit paths. The combiner does not store any packets. It simply repeats everything it sees on an incoming fiber line to all of the outgoing fiber lines. In the event two packets arrive at the same time, garbling will occur. However, the packet is allowed to be sent in garbled form on the outgoing fibers. Each of the terminals converts transmit packets to a distributed packet format which will be described below.