Non-Blocking Circuit-Switched Local Area Network
Original Publication Date: 1986-May-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A solution to the problem of interconnecting a number of intelligent workstations is addressed. It is assumed that the workstations are physically close to each other (say, within a building). The system to be described has the following features: oIt is a physical circuit switch. Once connection has been established between two workstations, there is a direct physical link between the two. There are no layers of protocol or hardware to "weed out" data packets that are not addressed to a particular workstation. Other workstations cannot delay or prevent transmission on an established link. This is of vital importance for real-time and graphics applications. It also provides for simpler protocols and programming for the network interface of the workstations.