Patent Number: 7,765,313

Title: Hierarchical protocol classification engine

Abstract: A classification engine is capable of receiving a plurality of protocol data units (PDUs) and performing a tree-based classification on the PDUs. The classification engine includes: input means for receiving the PDUs; parsing means capable of parsing the PDUs to generate an abstracted protocol structure for at least one of the PDUs; classifier capable of performing the tree-based classification, said classifier being capable of enforcing policy using the abstracted protocol structure; and output means for transmitting the PDUs.

Inventors: Jain; Hemant Kumar (San Jose, CA), Sikka; Namit (San Jose, CA), Rhoton; King (San Francisco, CA)

Assignee: Alcatel Lucent

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/27/12018