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A system and process for providing auxiliary information about a distributed network of shared nodes, at least a plurality of the nodes being adapted for receiving at least one type of ESP-(associative ephemeral store processing) packet. Available for access at each of the plurality of ESP-adapted nodes is a dedicated associative store wherein a value, if bound to a tag, is only accessible as a bound (tag, value) pair for a short time period, τ. Different types of packets are contemplated for routing through the ESP-capable plurality of nodes such as those arbitrarily identified herein as a ‘first’ and ‘second’ type: each first type packet has at least one field comprising an opcode identifying an instruction, and a tag; each second type packet has an opcode identifying an instruction an LOC field containing an identifier of a location for execution of an operand by the second packet instruction at any one of the ESP-capable plurality of nodes. In another aspect, each of the ESP-capable plurality of nodes has input and output port units and a centralized unit; an associative store may be dedicated to one or more of the port units as well as to the centralized location.


University of Kentucky Research Foundation, Lexington, KY (US)

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