firehose syndrome

<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]

Last updated: 2007-03-12

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