token-passing protocol

token-passing protocol

[′tō·kən ¦pas·iŋ ′prōd·ə‚kȯl]
(communications)
The assignment of data communications channels to units which communicate according to a fixed priority sequence.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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It operates at 10 Mb/s using a token-passing protocol, with network intelligence distributed among multiport Network Interface Units, which serve individual user devices and eliminate the throughput bottleneck of a head-end computer.