Bandwidth Usage in Peer-To-Peer Closed Rings
Original Publication Date: 1983-Sep-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Feb-07
In certain distributed data processing systems, data processing stations communicate as peers in closed-ring network structures. In such networks, "informational" frames containing origin and destination address indications and varying amounts of data or control information are circulated from station to station along the ring, and eventually are removed from the ring at either a destination station or at the origin station. Received informational frames are acknowledged by minimal length response frames before the sending station sends additional informational frames. An important objective in such systems is to secure removal of information in the informational frames at destination stations even if a receiving station cannot process the information (e.g.