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message switching

[′mes·ij ‚swich·iŋ]
(communications)
A system in which data transmitted between stations on different circuits within a network are routed through central points.
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message switching

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message switch

A computer system used to switch data between various points. Computers have always been ideal switches due to their input/output and compare capabilities. It inputs the data, compares its destination with a set of stored destinations and routes it accordingly. Note: A "message" switch is a generic term for a data routing device, but a "messaging" switch converts mail and messaging protocols. See messaging switch and router.
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