Resource sharing among network tunnels

  • US 7,463,580 B2
  • Filed: 12/15/2005
  • Issued: 12/09/2008
  • Est. Priority Date: 12/15/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A method for communication, comprising:

  • defining a resource-sharing group comprising at least first and second tunnels, which have respective origin network elements and termination network elements and which traverse different routes through a communication network, the routes traversing at least one common network element, wherein the tunnels meet at least one condition selected from a group of conditions consisting of;

    the respective origin network elements of the first and second tunnels are different; and

    the respective termination network elements of the first and second tunnels are different;

    distributing a notification over the network of an affiliation of the tunnels with the resource-sharing group; and

    allocating a resource associated with the at least one common network element so as to share an allocation of the resource among the tunnels in the resource-sharing group responsively to the notification.

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