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Meaning of FIREHOSE SYNDROME

 
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In mainstream folklore it is observed that trying to drink from a firehose can be a good way to rip your lips off. On computer networks, the absence or failure of flow control mechanisms can lead to situations in which the sending system sprays a massive flood of packets at an unfortunate receiving system, more than it can handle.

Compare overrun, buffer overflow.

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