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firehose syndrome

firehose syndrome in Technology

networking, jargon
An absence, failure or inadequacy of flow control mechanisms causing the sender to overwhelm the receiver. The implication is that, like trying to drink from a firehose, the consequenses are worse than just loss of data, e.g. the receiver may crash.
See ping-flood.
[Jargon File]
(2007-03-12)

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