Packet Switching

  • Paul Baran
Part of the Applications of Communications Theory book series (ACTH)


What is packet switching? The Data Communications Glossary (1) defines packet switching as

… a data transmission technique whereby user information is segmented and routed in discrete data envelopes called packets, each with its own appended control information for routing, sequencing and error checking; allows a communications channel to be shared by many users, each using the circuit only for the time required to transmit a single packet; describing a network that operates in this manner.


Packet Switching Circuit Switching Packet Network Virtual Circuit Switching Node 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Paul Baran
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  1. 1.InterFax, Inc.Menlo ParkUSA

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