Virtual extensible LAN intercommunication mechanism for multicast in networking

Patent No. 10,164,866 

Issued: December 25, 2018
Filed: June 30, 2016
Term Extension: 141 days

Inventors: Du; Kai Hong (Shanghai, CN), Tao; Zi Jin (Wuxi, CN), Zhang; Lu (Wuxi, CN)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)

A mechanism for multicast (M-VIM) is used to resolve address looking up problems for different types of VXLAN related overlay networks for multicast and broadcast traffics. A Multicast Overlay Ferry Proxy (MOFP) is introduced between a VXLAN domain and the CNI domain for ferrying control plane and data panel information. The M-VIM mechanism comprises three parts: a VXLAN Module; a CNI Module; and a proxy mechanism.

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