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Network meltdown




<networking> (By analogy with catastrophic failure of a nuclear reactor) An event that causes saturation, or near saturation, of a network.

Network meltdown usually results from illegal or misrouted packets (see Chernobyl packet) and typically lasts only a short time.

It may also be caused by a hardware fault.

It is the network equivalent of thrashing.

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