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lightweight protocol

A communications protocol designed with less complexity in order to reduce overhead. For example, it may use fixed-length headers because they are faster to parse than variable-length headers. To keep the memory requirement low, a lightweight protocol may eliminate many options that are part of the standard. See lightweight.


Compact. Software is considered lightweight if it utilizes a limited amount of RAM. For example, an operating system is considered lightweight if its kernel requires a small amount of memory (said to have a "low footprint"). See footprint and lightweight protocol.

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