Accession Number : ADD015235

Title :   Optical Interconnects in the Computer Environment.

Descriptive Note : Patent, Filed 6 Sep 90, patented 26 Nov 91,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE NAVY WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Kline, Todd A ; Rosen, Warren A ; Bermingham, William J ; Alfonsi, Eric A

Report Date : 26 Nov 1991

Pagination or Media Count : 12

Abstract : A method is provided for decoding an input data stream formed of data words having word boundaries and a synchronization word in a network interface unit of a high speed computer network. The input data stream is applied to a serial-to-parallel shift register to provide parallel boundary determination words for locating a word boundary determination words for locating a word boundary within the data stream. There no serial shifting of bits within the parallel boundary determination words. The parallel boundary determination words are shifted through a register file in parallel and applied to synchronization word detectors which provide a series of detecting windows shifted from each other by one bit. When one of the word detection windows detects the synchronization word a word boundary is determined in accordance with the detection. Boundary detection data is thus effectively monitored in serial while it is shifted through the register file in parallel. This permits the use of slower and smaller logic in the register file. An encoder is also provided wherein a SYNCH bit pattern is transmitted in the absence of data words. If new data words arrive during transmission of the SYNCH bit pattern, at least a portion of the first data word is stored while the remainder of the SYNCH bit pattern is transmitted. After transmission of the remainder of the SYNCH bit pattern the data word portion is retrieved and transmitted.

Descriptors :   BOUNDARIES, COMPUTER NETWORKS, COMPUTERS, DATA MANAGEMENT, DATA PROCESSING, DECODING, DETECTION, DETECTORS, DETERMINATION, HIGH RATE, INPUT, INTERFACES, LOGIC, NETWORKS, PARALLEL ORIENTATION, SYNCHRONIZATION(ELECTRONICS), WINDOWS, WORDS(LANGUAGE)

Subject Categories : Electrical and Electronic Equipment
      Computer Systems
      Non-radio Communications

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE