wire speed


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wire speed

The bandwidth of a particular transmission or networking system. When data are said to be transmitted at wire speed or at "wire rate," it implies there is little or no software overhead associated with the transmission and that the data travel at the maximum speed of the hardware.
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By processing Regular Expressions at wire speed, the Tarari technology will enable ISVs to create more accurate solutions without introducing a performance bottleneck or significantly increasing systems costs.