circuit switch - Computer Definition
A circuit switch establishes connections between links, on demand and as available, in order to establish an end-to-end circuit between devices.The connections are temporary, continuous, and exclusive in nature. The connections are temporary as they are established and maintained only for the duration of the logical session, or call.They are continuous as they provide a specific amount of bandwidth, or capacity, continuously for the duration of the call.They are exclusive as the connection and the associated bandwidth are committed to only that call, i.e., are not shared with other transmissions. Circuit switches were developed for uncompressed, realtime voice communications, but will support any type of information transfer. Common examples of circuit switches include Private Branch Exchanges (PBXs) and Central Office Exchanges (COs or COEs). See also circuit, CO, cordboard, ECC, packet switch, PBX, switch, switchboard, SxS, and Xbar.