Patents by Inventor Abilash Menon

Abilash Menon has filed for patents to protect the following inventions. This listing includes patent applications that are pending as well as patents that have already been granted by the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).

  • Publication number: 20220200887
    Abstract: Techniques are described for a router providing metric-based multi-hop path selection. For example, a first router of a plurality of routers receives a plurality of network performance metrics for a plurality of links interconnecting the plurality of routers. The plurality of links form a plurality of multi-hop paths through the plurality of routers to a service instance. The router determines, based on the plurality of network performance metrics for the plurality of links, an end-to-end performance of each of the plurality of multi-hop paths. The router selects a multi-hop path over which to forward traffic associated with the session based on the end-to-end performance of each of the plurality of multi-hop paths and one or more performance requirements for a service associated between a session between a client device and the service instance. The router forwards the traffic to the service instance along the selected multi-hop path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 23, 2021
    Publication date: June 23, 2022
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Markus Jork, John M. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20220182319
    Abstract: A network device has an input configured to receive a message relating to a given device attempting to forward one or more packets across a computer network. The message has given device information relating to the given device. In addition, the routing device also has a selector, operatively coupled with the input, configured to select (after receiving the given data) a given group routing policy from a plurality of group routing policies. Preferably, the selector is configured to select the given group routing policy as a function of the given device information. The routing device also has an output operatively coupled with the selector. The output is configured to cause routing of device communication across the network using link-layer routes specified by the given group routing policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick J. MeLampy, Abilash Menon, Michael Baj, Prashant Kumar
  • Publication number: 20220182287
    Abstract: A network device has an input configured to receive a message relating to a given user attempting to forward one or more packets across a computer network. The message has given user information relating to the given user. In addition, the routing device also has a selector, operatively coupled with the input, configured to select (after receiving the message) a given group routing policy from a plurality of group routing policies. Preferably, the selector is configured to select the given group routing policy as a function of the given user information. The routing device also has an output operatively coupled with the selector. The output is configured to cause routing of user communication across the network using link-layer routes specified by the given group routing policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 23, 2022
    Publication date: June 9, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick J. MeLampy, Abilash Menon, Michael Baj, Prashant Kumar
  • Patent number: 11329912
    Abstract: A routing system for routing packets for a route or service comprises a plurality of routers including a source router, wherein the source router is configured to receive, using a service and topology exchange protocol, service and topology state information from a STEP repository for at least one other router based on configured relationships between routers; determine a first path to a destination for a route or service based on the service and topology state information, the first path including an ordered list of successive routers to receive a packet associated with the route or service starting with a first successive router and ending with a destination router; and transmit a packet toward the first successive router with first metadata including a list of at least one remaining router of the ordered list of routers to receive the packet associated with the route or service.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: 128 Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hadriel S. Kaplan, Abilash Menon, Patrick Timmons, Michael Baj, Robert Penfield, Patrick MeLampy
  • Patent number: 11329916
    Abstract: A network device has an input configured to receive a message relating to a given device attempting to forward one or more packets across a computer network. The message has given device information relating to the given device. In addition, the routing device also has a selector, operatively coupled with the input, configured to select (after receiving the given data) a given group routing policy from a plurality of group routing policies. Preferably, the selector is configured to select the given group routing policy as a function of the given device information. The routing device also has an output operatively coupled with the selector. The output is configured to cause routing of device communication across the network using link-layer routes specified by the given group routing policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 10, 2022
    Assignee: 128 Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick MeLampy, Abilash Menon, Michael Baj, Prashant Kumar
  • Patent number: 11323328
    Abstract: A network device has an input configured to receive a message relating to a given user attempting to forward one or more packets across a computer network. The message has given user information relating to the given user. In addition, the routing device also has a selector, operatively coupled with the input, configured to select (after receiving the message) a given group routing policy from a plurality of group routing policies. Preferably, the selector is configured to select the given group routing policy as a function of the given user information. The routing device also has an output operatively coupled with the selector. The output is configured to cause routing of user communication across the network using link-layer routes specified by the given group routing policy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Date of Patent: May 3, 2022
    Assignee: 128 Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Patrick MeLampy, Abilash Menon, Michael Baj, Prashant Kumar
  • Publication number: 20220070092
    Abstract: A network device has an input configured to receive a message relating to a given device attempting to forward one or more packets across a computer network. The message has given device information relating to the given device. In addition, the routing device also has a selector, operatively coupled with the input, configured to select (after receiving the given data) a given group routing policy from a plurality of group routing policies. Preferably, the selector is configured to select the given group routing policy as a function of the given device information. The routing device also has an output operatively coupled with the selector. The output is configured to cause routing of device communication across the network using link-layer routes specified by the given group routing policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick MeLampy, Abilash Menon, Michael Baj, Prashant Kumar
  • Publication number: 20220070062
    Abstract: A network device has an input configured to receive a message relating to a given user attempting to forward one or more packets across a computer network. The message has given user information relating to the given user. In addition, the routing device also has a selector, operatively coupled with the input, configured to select (after receiving the message) a given group routing policy from a plurality of group routing policies. Preferably, the selector is configured to select the given group routing policy as a function of the given user information. The routing device also has an output operatively coupled with the selector. The output is configured to cause routing of user communication across the network using link-layer routes specified by the given group routing policy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 3, 2020
    Publication date: March 3, 2022
    Inventors: Patrick MeLampy, Abilash Menon, Michael Baj, Prashant Kumar
  • Publication number: 20220021600
    Abstract: Techniques are described for a router providing metric-based multi-hop path selection. For example, a first router of a plurality of routers receives a plurality of network performance metrics for a plurality of links interconnecting the plurality of routers. The plurality of links form a plurality of multi-hop paths through the plurality of routers to a service instance. The router determines, based on the plurality of network performance metrics for the plurality of links, an end-to-end performance of each of the plurality of multi-hop paths. The router selects a multi-hop path over which to forward traffic associated with the session based on the end-to-end performance of each of the plurality of multi-hop paths and one or more performance requirements for a service associated between a session between a client device and the service instance. The router forwards the traffic to the service instance along the selected multi-hop path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Markus Jork, John M. Peterson
  • Publication number: 20220021606
    Abstract: A routing system for implementing a service and topology exchange protocol (STEP) includes a primary STEP server configured to maintain a STEP repository and a plurality of routers, with each router including a STEP client in communication with the primary STEP server. The STEP client of each router is configured to transmit, using STEP, STEP documents containing service and topology state information for at least one route or service available through the router to the primary STEP server for storage in the STEP repository. The primary STEP server is configured to transmit to the STEP client of each router, using STEP, service and topology state information from the STEP repository for at least one other router based on configured relationships between routers. Each router is configured to make routing decisions based at least in part on the service and topology state information from the at least one other router.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 30, 2021
    Publication date: January 20, 2022
    Inventors: Hadriel S. Kaplan, Abilash Menon, Patrick Timmons, Michael Baj, Robert Penfield, Patrick J. MeLampy
  • Publication number: 20210409322
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for session-based routing of multipoint Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model Layer-2 (L2) frames of an L2 network extended over Layer-3 (L3) networks. In one example, L2 networks connect a source device to an ingress router and receiver devices to egress routers. An L3 network connects the ingress and egress routers. The ingress router receives, from the source device, a multipoint L2 frame destined for the receiver devices. The ingress router forms, for each egress router that is connected to at least one multipoint receiver device, a unicast L3 packet for the L2 frame and forwards the unicast L3 packet to the egress router. Each egress router generates, in response to receiving the unicast L3 packet, the multipoint L2 frame and forwards, to the receiver devices, the multipoint L2 frame.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Anna Yungelson, Scott A. McCulley, Jacob Dionne
  • Publication number: 20210409308
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for session-based routing within Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model Layer-2 (L2) networks extended over Layer-3 (L3) networks. In one example, L2 networks connect a first client device to a first router and a second client device to a second router. An L3 network connects the first and second routers. The first router receives, from the first client device, an non-session-based L2 frame destined for the second client device. The first router forms an L3 packet comprising an L3 header specifying L3 addresses of the first and second routers and a protocol selected based on an L3 service for the L2 frame, a payload comprising the L2 frame, and metadata comprising a session identifier distinctly identifying the L2 frame, and forwards the L3 packet to the second router. The second router recovers the L2 frame from the payload and forwards the L2 frame to the second client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Anna Yungelson, Scott A. McCulley, Jacob Dionne
  • Publication number: 20210409323
    Abstract: Techniques are disclosed for session-based routing within Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) Model Layer-2 (L2) networks extended over Layer-3 (L3) networks. In one example, L2 networks connect a first client device to a first router and a second client device to a second router. An L3 network connects the first and second routers. The first router receives, from the first client device, an L2 frame destined for the second client device. The first router generates an L3 packet comprising an L3 header specifying L3 addresses of the first and second routers, a first portion of metadata comprising L2 addresses for the first and second client devices, and a second portion of metadata comprising L3 addresses for the first and second client devices, and forwards the L3 packet to the second router. The second router recovers the L2 frame from the metadata and forwards the L2 frame to the second client device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 24, 2021
    Publication date: December 30, 2021
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Anna Yungelson, Scott A. McCulley, Jacob Dionne
  • Publication number: 20210399975
    Abstract: A routing system for distributing multicast routing information for a multicast service includes a plurality of routers including a multicast source router and a plurality of multicast receiver routers, the plurality of routers providing a multicast service, wherein the routers are configured to exchange multicast information associated with the multicast service including identification of multicast sources and the multicast receivers.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 21, 2021
    Publication date: December 23, 2021
    Inventors: Hadriel S. Kaplan, Abilash Menon, Patrick Timmons, Michael Baj, Robert Penfield, Patrick J. MeLampy
  • Publication number: 20210344593
    Abstract: In exemplary embodiments of the present invention, a router determines whether or not to establish a stateful routing session based on the suitability of one or more candidate return path interfaces. This determination is typically made at the time a first packet for a new session arrives at the router on a given ingress interface. In some cases, the router may be configured to require that the ingress interface be used for the return path of the session, in which case the router may evaluate whether the ingress interface is suitable for the return path and may drop the session if the ingress interface is deemed by the router to be unsuitable for the return path. In other cases, the router may be configured to not require that the ingress interface be used for the return path, in which case the router may evaluate whether at least one interface is suitable for the return path and drop the session if no interface is deemed by the router to be suitable for the return path.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 19, 2021
    Publication date: November 4, 2021
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Robert Penfield, Hadriel S. Kaplan
  • Publication number: 20210336875
    Abstract: A first router generates session establishment metrics for use in network path selection. For example, a plurality of routers connect a client device to a network service instance hosted by a server. A first router is connected to the network service instance via first and second paths. The first router receives session performance requirements for a session between the client device and the network service instance. The first router forwards, along the first path, network traffic for the session by modifying a first packet of the session to include a session identifier for the session. The first router determines that session establishment metrics for the session do not satisfy the session performance requirements. In response, the first router forwards, along the second path, the network traffic for the session by modifying a second packet of the session to include the session identifier for the session.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 23, 2021
    Publication date: October 28, 2021
    Inventors: Michael Baj, Patrick J. MeLampy, Ryan Koss, Kaushik Adesh Agrawal, Abilash Menon, Michael John Adams, Sarah V. Jaffer
  • Publication number: 20210328889
    Abstract: One function of a communications network, or of nodes in such a network, is to gather data that is useful in assessing network performance, and quantifying metrics of node and/or network performance. Various embodiments disclosed herein improve the ability of nodes and networks to gather such data, and quantify metrics of node and/or network performance by selectively marking existing network traffic, and in preferred embodiments without having to dilute network traffic by generating and transmitting dummy data packets.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 1, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Scott A. McCulley, Abilash Menon, Anna Yungelson
  • Publication number: 20210328917
    Abstract: A network device is configured to associate a tenant of a plurality of tenants with a virtual routing and forwarding (VRF) instance of a plurality of VRF instances. The network device receives a packet comprising metadata specifying a tenant identifier for the tenant. The network device identifies, based on the tenant identifier specified by the metadata, the VRF instance associated with the tenant. The network device retrieves one or more routes from a routing information base (RIB) of the VRF instance associated with the tenant and forwards the packet toward a destination via the one or more routes.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 16, 2021
    Publication date: October 21, 2021
    Inventors: Abilash Menon, Markus Jork, John M. Peterson
  • Patent number: 11153202
    Abstract: A routing system for implementing a service and topology exchange protocol (STEP) includes a primary STEP server configured to maintain a STEP repository and a plurality of routers, with each router including a STEP client in communication with the primary STEP server. The STEP client of each router is configured to transmit, using STEP, STEP documents containing service and topology state information for at least one route or service available through the router to the primary STEP server for storage in the STEP repository. The primary STEP server is configured to transmit to the STEP client of each router, using STEP, service and topology state information from the STEP repository for at least one other router based on configured relationships between routers. Each router is configured to make routing decisions based at least in part on the service and topology state information from the at least one other router.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 13, 2019
    Date of Patent: October 19, 2021
    Assignee: 128 Technology, Inc.
    Inventors: Hadriel S. Kaplan, Abilash Menon, Patrick Timmons, Michael Baj, Robert Penfield, Patrick MeLampy
  • Publication number: 20210250273
    Abstract: A router advertises an aggregated service or route that can be evaluated by other routers as a unitary segment rather than as a group of individual links/paths associated with the aggregated service or route. The aggregated service or route can be based on service and topology state information received from one or more other routers and can be advertised with the router as the nexthop for the aggregated service or route. The router can advertise an aggregated metric for the aggregated service or route for use in such evaluation. An aggregated route can be associated with different aggregated metrics for different services.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 30, 2021
    Publication date: August 12, 2021
    Inventors: Hadriel S. Kaplan, Abilash Menon, Patrick Timmons, Michael Baj, Robert Penfield, Patrick J. MeLampy