Patent Number: 6,311,226

Title: Method and apparatus for dynamic link name negotiation

Abstract: A technique allows dynamic negotiation of application names executing on nodes of a computer network for creating a data link for communication between the nodes. Dynamic negotiation is effected through an exchange of novel control messages over a control link used to establish application-application logical links between the nodes. The control messages instruct the nodes to create applications having names specified within predetermined fields of the messages. The technique obviates the need for a system administrator to issue configuration commands to a responding node to statically configure that latter node for communication over a network.

Inventors: Rosen; Jonathan (Chapel Hill, NC), Hiller; Dean (Shrub Oak, NY), O'Gorman; Robert (Raleigh, NC), Drummond; Mark C. (Catonsville, MD)

Assignee: Cisco Technology, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 29/06 (20060101); H04L 29/08 (20060101); G06F 009/00 (); G06F 015/173 (); G06F 009/46 (); G06F 015/163 ()

Expiration Date: 10/30/2018