A CDE Definition
Software that can prioritize communications by allowing high-priority traffic to use more available bandwidth in the network than lower-priority data. For example, real-time video can be given more bandwidth than file transfers. Large file transfers could be given a lower priority than smaller ones. All of the adjustments are designed to make traffic flow smoothly and avoid congestion. See traffic engineering.
The ability to guarantee performance in a network for a certain amount of capacity for a certain amount of time. Also known as "traffic management," it implies the ability to analyze the current traffic load and dynamically make necessary adjustments to accommodate the different types of traffic or changing conditions. ATM is known for its traffic engineering capabilities. See traffic engineering methods, traffic shaping, traffic policing and ATM.
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