Patent Number: 8,792,474

Title: Multipath effectuation within singly contiguous network fabric via switching device routing logic programming

Abstract: Each of a network fabric controller device and a network fabric forwarder devices includes network connecting hardware and network managing logic. The network connecting hardware of the devices connects them to a singly contiguous network fabric including switching devices that route data between initiator nodes and target nodes and that have routing logic programmable by the controller device. The controller device does not directly route the data themselves. The network managing logic of the devices effects multipaths for transmission of the data through the singly contiguous network fabric from the initiator node to the target nodes via programming of the routing logic of the switching devices.

Inventors: DeCusatis; Casimer M. (Poughkeepsie, NY), Kamble; Keshav G. (Fremont, CA), Kumbhare; Abhijit P. (San Jose, CA)

Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 7/29/12018