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big-endian

(data, architecture)
A computer architecture in which, within a given multi-byte numeric representation, the most significant byte has the lowest address (the word is stored "big-end-first").

Most processors, including the IBM 370 family, the PDP-10, the Motorola microprocessor families, and most of the various RISC designs current in mid-1993, are big-endian.

See -endian.

big-endian

(networking, standard)
A backward electronic mail address. The world now follows the Internet hostname standard (see FQDN) and writes e-mail addresses starting with the name of the computer and ending up with the country code (e.g. fred@doc.acme.ac.uk). In the United Kingdom the Joint Networking Team decided to do it the other way round (e.g. me@uk.ac.wigan.cs) before the Internet domain standard was established. Most gateway sites required ad-hockery in their mailers to handle this.

By July 1994 this parochial idiosyncracy was on the way out and mailers started to reject big-endian addresses. By about 1996, people would look at you strangely if you suggested such a bizarre thing might ever have existed.
References in classic literature ?
Now, the Big-endian exiles have found so much credit in the emperor of Blefuscu's court, and so much private assistance and encouragement from their party here at home, that a bloody war has been carried on between the two empires for six-and-thirty moons, with various success; during which time we have lost forty capital ships, and a much a greater number of smaller vessels, together with thirty thousand of our best seamen and soldiers; and the damage received by the enemy is reckoned to be somewhat greater than ours.
Many hundred large volumes have been published upon this controversy: but the books of the Big-endians have been long forbidden, and the whole party rendered incapable by law of holding employments.
The host link is a full-duplex PCIe interface that can be connected to a big-endian or little-endian CPU.
The solution supports both Big-Endian and Little-Endian processors as well as IPv4/IPv6 checksum generation and checking.
The FLV format it's a good choice also for the fact that is platform independent: all the data is stored in big-endian byte order.
The byte stream is described as little-endian when the low-order byte of the number is stored in memory at the lowest address, and the high-order byte at the highest address; big-endian is the reverse.
ColdFire MCF5272 is a RISC-architecture processor with the following features among others: big-endian integer representation, no floating-point arithmetic, and no MMU.
It will be a boutique or proprietary item at best, like Hewlett-Packard Co's big-endian HP-UX on IA-64, they suggest.
Sourcery G++ for ARM targets the new ARM Cortex[TM]-A9 and Cortex-R4F processors, and the Professional Edition now includes big-endian runtime libraries and VFP-optimized runtime libraries for improved performance on certain ARM processors.
The N4000, codenamed Prelude uses 360MHz or 440MHz PA-8500 RISCs, but its key technology is a chipset enabling users to upgrade to IA-64 processors - big-endian or little endian to run HP-UX or Windows NT respectively - by swapping out CPU board and bus converter.
In general, an XDR string contains a 4-byte big-endian length followed by the string.
0 for IXP1200, a big-endian version of OS-9 with IPv4/IPv6 support, is available for purchase now.