Patent Number: 6,310,876

Title: Method and apparatus for managing bin chains in a memory

Abstract: A network switch configured for switching data packets across multiple ports uses an address table to generate frame forwarding information. The address table represents a plurality of bins of address entries. A decision-making engine receives a source address of a frame and a receive port number and searches a particular bin in the address table for a match. When the decision-making engine does not find a match, the switch adds an entry to a particular bin in the address table. A host device may also add entries in a particular bin. In addition, entries may also be deleted from a particular bin.

Inventors: Egbert; Chandan (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: Advanced Micro Devices, Inc.

International Classification: G06F 13/00 (20060101); H04L 12/28 (20060101); H04L 012/28 (); G06F 013/00 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018