Patent Number: 7,710,904

Title: Ring network with variable token activation

Abstract: An apparatus including a ring network, a plurality of nodes on the ring network to act as senders, a node on the ring network to act as a receiver, the receiver having receiver logic to place a token on the ring, the token further having an indication of an activation status, and network logic to pass the token along the ring network from each node to the next after the token is placed on the ring network and to activate the token by setting the indication of the activation status to a value indicating that the token is active at a location on the ring determined so that over a defined period of time, the token is activated in proximity to each sender at approximately the same frequency.

Inventors: Chrysos; George (Milford, MA)

Assignee: Intel Corporation

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101); H04L 12/56 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 5/04/12018