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The following quote was obtained by the news editors from the background information supplied by the inventors: "A virtual machine is a virtual sharing or partitioning of computer resources. For example, the virtually partitioned resources may include one or more processors, memory, storage, network cards, etc. Each virtual machine may run its own instance of an operating system and may run one or more applications on its operating system. The virtual machines may have separate file systems, separate users, separate applications, and separate processes. The virtual machines are generally separate, or isolated, from each other in some ways, thereby providing a look and feel like a separate server or machine from the perspective of its users. A virtual input/output (I/O) server generally provides I/O processing for the different virtual machines to bridge communications between a physical network adapter and each of the virtual machines."
In addition to the background information obtained for this patent application, VerticalNews journalists also obtained the inventors' summary information for this patent application: "According to one aspect of the present disclosure a method and technique for data flow affinity for heterogeneous virtual machines is disclosed. The method includes: connecting first and second logical partitions to a shared virtual adapter, the first logical partition having a maximum receive unit (MRU) different than a MRU of the second logical partition; and responsive to receiving data by the shared virtual adapter destined for the first or second logical partitions, performing transmission control protocol (TCP) segmentation offload processing of the data by the shared virtual adapter utilizing the MRU of the first logical partition as the transmission unit for data destined for the first logical partition and utilizing the MRU of the second logical partition as the transmission unit for data destined for the second logical partition.
BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF THE SEVERAL VIEWS OF THE DRAWINGS
"For a more complete understanding of the present application, the objects and advantages thereof, reference is now made to the following descriptions taken in conjunction with the accompanying drawings, in which:
"FIG. 1 is an embodiment of a network of data processing systems in which the illustrative embodiments of the present disclosure may be implemented;
"FIG. 2 is an embodiment of a data processing system in which the illustrative embodiments of the present disclosure may be implemented;
"FIG. 3 is a diagram illustrating an embodiment of a data processing system for data flow affinity for heterogeneous virtual machines in which illustrative embodiments of the present disclosure may be implemented; and
"FIG. 4 is a flow diagram illustrating an embodiment of a method for data flow affinity for heterogeneous virtual machines according to the present disclosure."
URL and more information on this patent application, see: Alanis, Francisco J.; Cardona, Omar; Chokshi, Shaival J. Data Flow Affinity for Heterogenous Virtual Machines. Filed
Keywords for this news article include: Information Technology, Information and Data Processing,
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