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ALSO CALLED: Switched Fabric, Fabric Switch, Switching Fabric
DEFINITION: Switching fabric is the combination of hardware and software that moves data coming in to a network node out by the correct port (door) to the next node in the network. Switching fabric includes the switching units (individual boxes) in a node, the integrated circuits that they contain, and the programming that allows switching paths to be controlled. The switching fabric is independent of the bus  … 
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SWITCH FABRIC DEFINITION (continued): …  technology and infrastructure used to move data between nodes and also separate from the router. The term is sometimes used to mean collectively all switching hardware and software in a network.The term uses a fabric metaphor to suggest the possible complexity and web-like structure of switching paths and ports within a node. The switching fabric typically includes data buffers and the use of shared memory.The Signal Computing System Architecture (SCSA), which provides a model framework for computer telephony, uses the term. In the SCSA framework, part of the hardware model includes a Switch … 
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