Method and system for coherently caching I/O devices across a network

  • US 5,918,244 A
  • Filed: 05/31/1996
  • Issued: 06/29/1999
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/06/1994
  • Status: Expired due to Term
First Claim
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1. A caching system comprising:

  • a network;

    a plurality of computers interacting as a VMScluster on said network, each computer having a memory;

    a plurality of I/O devices connected to said network;

    a plurality of cache drivers, each resident in one of said computers, for creating a cache in the memory of the computer in which the cache driver resides for caching data from selected ones of said I/O devices, each cache driver including executable remote messaging code that forms a computer communication channel with a cache driver on any of said computers for sending messages relating to caching and means for listening on said network for a request from a new computer to connect to said network, said executable remote messaging code further saving a remote connection address for each of the communication channels.

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