A CDE Definition
Using methods to keep traffic flowing smoothly in a network. Although the term is often used synonymously with "traffic engineering," traffic shaping deals with managing the network moment to moment, whereas traffic engineering refers to the overall strategies employed in a network. Typically deployed at the edge of the network, traffic shaping may be used to limit bursty traffic in general or to limit undesired traffic such as spam or peer-to-peer downloads. 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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