Method and system for scaling network traffic managers

  • US 7,102,996 B1
  • Filed: 04/09/2002
  • Issued: 09/05/2006
  • Est. Priority Date: 05/24/2001
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for distributing flows of packets over a network having a plurality of network devices and a plurality of traffic managers, comprising:

  • (a) receiving packets, each packet to be forwarded to one of the plurality of network devices through an intermediate traffic manager;

    (b) if the packet includes a source address that is associated with a first set of addresses, forwarding the packet to a first traffic manager that is selected using a destination address of the packet, and(c) if the packet includes a destination address that is associated with a second set of addresses, forwarding the packet to a second traffic manager that is selected using a source address of the packet,wherein the first traffic manager and the second traffic manager are the same for each packet in a flow between two network devices.

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