physical address

<memory management>

The address presented to a computer's main memory in a virtual memory system, in contrast to the virtual address which is the address generated by the CPU. A memory management unit translates virtual addresses into physical addresses.

Last updated: 1995-03-31

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physical addressing

<networking>

The low level addressing scheme used on Ethernet. The 48-bit destination Ethernet address in a packet is compared with the receiving node's Ethernet address.

Compare IP address.

Last updated: 1994-12-23

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