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packet

1. a small or medium-sized container of cardboard, paper, etc., often together with its contents
2. a boat that transports mail, passengers, goods, etc., on a fixed short route
3. Computing a unit into which a larger piece of data is broken down for more efficient transmission

packet

[′pak·ət]
(biology)
A cluster of organisms in the form of a cube resulting from cell division in three planes.
(communications)
A short section of data of fixed length that is transmitted as a unit.
(physics)

packet

i. A single pulse of radar, digitized signal, or other ECM (electronic countermeasures) coded transmission.
ii. The prepackaged quantity of chaff for loading into the dispenser.
iii. A form of digital data transfer.

packet

The unit of data sent across a network. "Packet" is a generic term used to describe a unit of data at any layer of the OSI protocol stack, but it is most correctly used to describe application layer data units ("application protocol data unit", APDU).

See also datagram, frame.

packet

A block of data transmitted over a packet-switched network, which is the common architecture of all local area networks (LANs) and most wide area networks (WANs) such as the Internet. Packets are mostly TCP/IP packets, because TCP/IP is the global networking standard. The terms frame, packet and datagram generally refer to the same entity. See packet switching, frame and datagram.
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In general, the probability of a packet being in any state can be deduced as:
A compression engine as part of the data center appliance compresses the aggregated packets that are in the highly efficient IP accelerator appliance buffers.
An LSR is a device that is capable of switching packets based on their labels.
Resilient Packet rings will play a vital role in the architecture of the new PSDN (public switched data network).
The problem is that both the robustness and the congestion of the Internet arise because it's a dumb network--the intelligence is at the endpoints, much of it encapsulated in TCP, which is responsible for seeing that all the packets in a connection eventually reach the endpoint in the proper order, and, even more important, is also responsible for controlling congestion via flow control.
Once the packet is enlarged, it is difficult to route it through the network.
Acme Packet Connected Universe brings our customers and partners together to bridge VoIP islands.
Our new Acme Packet Connected Universe program leverages our customer base and is designed to bring our customers together to expand their businesses and find the right partners.
The nP3705 is an OC-24 packet processing and traffic management solution.
Jack Bradley, Packet Design CEO, said, "Having all of our previous investors participate in this new round is a tremendous vote of confidence in our progress and our product roadmap.
The CM-104 is a compact fully-redundant and modular Packet Transport Switch (PTS).