Patent Number: 7,788,347

Title: Method and apparatus for configuring a network node using multiple peer-to-peer layers

Abstract: This invention relates to a method and apparatus for a method and apparatus for configuring a network node using multiple peer-to-peer layers. More particularly, the invention relates to a system that can incorporate into a network and retrieve all operational data from the network using non-centralized peer-to-peer network techniques. Implementation of these embodiments will remove the need for a central network node and administration, while simultaneously supporting multiple network interfaces, e.g., interfaces between virtual networks. A network node or device configures itself based on other nodes already present on the network.

Inventors: Trollope; David Steven (Naperville, IL)

Assignee: Alcatel-Lucent USA Inc.

International Classification: G06F 15/16 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 8/31/12018