This innovation is designed to prevent a single end system communication node from negatively influencing the whole system’s behavior so that the network system can still operate if an end node is faulty. Placing a hub (star) in the middle of the system prevents propagation of critical control information that other end systems would react to, like block reset messages.

This work was done by Michael Paulitsch, Brendan Hall, and Kevin R. Driscoll of Honeywell, Inc. for Johnson Space Center. For further information, contact the JSC Innovation Partnerships Office at (281) 483-3809.

Title to this invention has been waived under the provisions of the National Aeronautics and Space Act {42 U.S.C. 2457(f)} to Honeywell, Inc. Inquiries concerning licenses for its commercial development should be addressed to:

Honeywell, Inc.

P.O. Box 52199

Phoenix, AZ 85072

Refer to MSC-24459-1, volume and number of this NASA Tech Briefs issue, and the page number.