Patent Number: 6,167,452

Title: Joint flow control mechanism in a telecommunications network

Abstract: A mechanism enabling plural queues in a downstream telecommunications network element to be treated as a single, joint queue for purposes of connection-level flow control. A pointer in at least one queue descriptor points to a queue descriptor in which is maintained a set of shared, joint counters. Other flow control elements are maintained individually with respect to each queue descriptor. This mechanism enables flow control elements associated with a single transmitter queue to flow control plural connections terminating in plural queues associated with a single receiver processor.

Inventors: Manning; Thomas A. (Northboro, MA), Caldara; Stephen A. (Sudbury, MA), Hauser; Stephen A. (Burlington, MA), Sherman; Alan D. (Acton, MA)

Assignee: Fujitsu Network Communications, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 12/64 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); H04L 12/18 (20060101); H04L 12/24 (20060101); G06F 15/16 (20060101); G06F 15/173 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101); H04L 12/46 (20060101); H04Q 11/04 (20060101); H04L 7/04 (20060101); H04J 3/06 (20060101); G06F 015/16 (); G06F 015/17 ()

Expiration Date: 12/26/2013