Virtual connection

<networking> 1. (VC) A connection or a path through an ATM network.

The word "virtual" indicates that the connection is logical rather than physical.

Nothing to do with a virtual circuit on a packet switching network.

[Fred Halsall, "Data Communications, Computer Networks and Open Systems", 1996, Addison Wesley].

2. A communications link that appears to be a direct connection between sender and receiver, although physically the link can be routed through a more circuitous path, running over virtual circuits instead of a private network built primarily with dedicated lines.

A virtual connection can provide full-time connection among many sites, including those configured for SNA/SDLC protocol.

A virtual connection can handle any transmission protocol and is supported worldwide.

It can provide high throughput and low delay for LAN and Internet applications, peer-to-peer connectivity, client-server computing, and other distributed processing applications.

[Same as virtual circuit?]

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