Address mapping mechanism enabling multi-domain addressing in communication networks

  • US 6,804,235 B2
  • Filed: 02/27/2003
  • Issued: 10/12/2004
  • Est. Priority Date: 02/16/2001
  • Status: Expired due to Term
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1. A communication network, comprising a plurality of interconnected modules adapted to direct packets of data through the network, wherein each module is identified according to identification numbers contained within a first addressing domain of a first model layer independent and separate from a second addressing domain of a second model layer used to identify modules which forward and receive the packets of data outside the network, wherein the first model layer is an improvement to, and is lower than, a physical layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model of the International Standards Organization (ISO), and wherein the second model layer is higher than a physical layer of the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) reference model of the International Standards Organization (ISO).

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