Parallel Token Rings Used As a Non-Blocking Digital Switch Node
Original Publication Date: 1986-Dec-01
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2005-Mar-09
This article describes a new application of the existing IEEE 802.4 token ring technology. Token rings were designed, and are currently thought of as a transmission medium to provide connectivity in local area networks. The new application of this technology is the use of token rings to provide a non-blocking digital switching node. The figure depicts the relationship of the key elements of a digital switch node. One or more token rings conform to the IEEE 802.4 standard. This medium must provide the bandwidth required to support the maximum throughput of the most demanding connectivity component. With the token rings connected in parallel, this medium must support the maximum throughput when all connectivity components are active.