In telecommunications, referring to the window size, which identifies the maximum number of bytes, frames, or packets that a device can transmit without an acknowledgement from the receiver. As an example, the X.25 protocol has a windowing mechanism that specifies the number of packets that one router can transmit to another without receiving an acknowledgement. TCP has a similar mechanism that is expresses in bytes. Windowing serves as flow control and error control mechanisms. Modulo 8, for example, allows the transmission of 7 datasets without an acknowledgement, but requires an acknowledgement after the 8th dataset. See also error control, flow control, TCP, and X.25.
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