Method for Connecting Workstations to HOST Employing a Passthrough Technique
Original Publication Date: 1986-Jul-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
A connection method for a network controller is described which establishes a session directly between the host and the workstation, with the controller serving only to assist in connecting sessions, re-allocating them after disconnection, and routing traffic in between. The figure illustrates a network in which controller 10 functions in a passthrough mode. Details of the architecture of the network shown are set forth below. Controller 10 in passthrough mode does not retard traffic unnecessarily since path length is reduced by eliminating the need for a server application to act as an intermediary for recognizing and processing the host-to-workstation protocol. Controller 10 can be oblivious of host-workstation protocols and thus support many more kinds of connections since the need is eliminated for protocol conversion.