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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "The rapidly evolving networking industry introduces new standards and innovations at a rate that often outpaces the adoption of electronic hardware. Devices have been created to allow users to remotely network, access and manage older, legacy electronic equipment through the use of newly introduced or rapidly changing networking protocols. Such devices are designed to serve several vertical markets that utilize legacy electronic hardware, including industrial and building automation, security and fire control, medical, retail, transportation and government. The remaining challenge is to conceive of ways in which such devices can be compatible with a wide range of communication and data transfer protocols, both presently available and still to be developed. Further, such devices should be customizable in the manner in which they transfer and manipulate data and adapt to changes in data transfer technologies. Such customization could, for example, be enabled through the use of software plug-ins. Therefore, it would be beneficial to develop remote networking devices with an ability to shift between implementing one protocol altering plug-in or another plug-in seamlessly, especially in contexts where the remote networking device could make use of many possible plug-ins.
"Others have put forth effort toward developing systems and methods of using plug-ins to activate, alter or extend computing processes. For example, U.S. Pat. No. 7,562,369 to Salamone titled 'Method and System for Dynamic Configuration of Activators in a Client-Server Environment,' issued
"U.S. Pat. No. 8,051,191 B2 to Manchanda titled 'Ethernet Extensibility,' issued
"U.S. Pat. No. 7,912,822 to
"These and all other extrinsic materials discussed herein are incorporated by reference in their entirety. Where a definition or use of a term in an incorporated reference is inconsistent or contrary to the definition of that term provided herein, the definition of that term provided herein applies and the definition of that term in the reference does not apply.
"Unless the context dictates the contrary, all ranges set forth herein should be interpreted as being inclusive of their endpoints and open-ended ranges should be interpreted to include commercially practical values. Similarly, all lists of values should be considered as inclusive of intermediate values unless the context indicates the contrary.
"The above references do not address circumstances where a networking device, such as a device server or generic tunneling application, could use one of several applicable plug-ins to activate, affect, or extend data processing protocols in various manners. In such circumstances it would be beneficial to have a method for efficiently publishing and sorting through available plug-ins in a manner that allows for the selective use of one or more applicable plug-ins as dictated by device or application circumstances. Thus, there is still a need for networking devices capable of selectively using protocol enhancing plug-ins from a published plug-in registry."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventor's summary information for this patent application: "The inventive subject matter provides apparatus and systems in which one can manage data flow between two or more data ports and provide additional functionality to the apparatus, systems and methods through plug-in applications. One aspect of the inventive subject matter includes a device comprising a memory, a registration module, and a data flow manager. The memory can be used to store a data flow application, data flow plug-ins, and a plug-in registry, wherein the plug-in registry can store plug-in parameters associated with the data flow plug-ins.
"The plug-in parameters can be used to describe the nature or functionality of the plug-in, a context in which the plug-in might be suitable, or otherwise identify the plug-in among other plug-ins.
"The registration module can publish available plug-ins from the plug-in registry according to the plug-in parameters, thereby indicating which plug-ins have services that are available to the data flow application. The publication of the plug-ins can be based on the application's environmental context, usable in managing the data flow.
"The data flow manager can be configured to select at least one of the available plug-ins based on the plug-in parameters and to integrate plug-in data flow rules from selected plug-ins with the data flow application forming an integrated data flow rule set. Once an integrated data flow rule set is formed, data flow can be managed between two or more data ports according to the integrated rules set.
"Various objects, features, aspects and advantages of the inventive subject matter will become more apparent from the following detailed description of preferred embodiments, along with the accompanying drawing figures in which like numerals represent like components.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE DRAWING
"FIG. 1 provides an overview of the deployment environment of the device server.
"FIG. 2 is a schematic of a device server apparatus with a data flow application where plug-ins provide additional services to the application."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Mathur, Alok. Tunneling Application Plug-Ins, Systems and Methods. Filed
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