Patent Number: 8,879,549

Title: Clearing forwarding entries dynamically and ensuring consistency of tables across ethernet fabric switch

Abstract: One embodiment of the present invention provides a switch. The switch includes an ownership management mechanism and a notification mechanism. The ownership management mechanism maintains a local ownership association between the switch, and a medium access control (MAC) address learned at the switch and terminates the local ownership association for the MAC address. The notification mechanism generates a first notification indicating the local ownership association and a second notification indicating the termination of the local ownership association.

Inventors: Raman; Mythilikanth (San Jose, CA), Manohar; Mary (Santa Clara, CA), Chen; Wei-Chiuan (San Jose, CA), Vegesana; Gangadhar (Milpitas, CA), Venkatesh; Vardarajan (Santa Clara, CA), Shekarappa; Raju (Cupertino, CA)

Assignee: Brocade Communications Systems, Inc.

International Classification: H04L 12/28 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-04 0:00:00