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In computing, bandwidth is the maximum rate of data transfer across a given path. Bandwidth may be characterized as network bandwidth,Douglas Comer, Computer Networks and Internets, page 99 ff, Prentice Hall 2008. data bandwidth,Fred Halsall, to data+communications and computer networks, page 108, Addison-Wesley, 1985. or digital bandwidth.Cisco Networking Academy Program: CCNA 1 and 2 companion guide, Volym 1–2, Cisco Academy 2003Behrouz A. Forouzan, Data communications and networking, McGraw-Hill, 2007This definition of bandwidth is in contrast to the field of signal processing, wireless communications, modem data transmission, digital communications, and electronics{{citation needed|date=January 2018}}, in which bandwidth is used to refer to analog signal bandwidth measured in hertz, meaning the frequency range between lowest and highest attainable frequency while meeting a well-defined impairment level in signal power.However, the actual bit rate that can be achieved depends not only on the signal bandwidth but also on the noise on the channel.

Network bandwidth capacity

The term bandwidth sometimes defines the net bit rate 'peak bit rate', 'information rate,' or physical layer 'useful bit rate', channel capacity, or the maximum throughput of a logical or physical communication path in a digital communication system. For example, bandwidth tests measure the maximum throughput of a computer network. The maximum rate that can be sustained on a link are limited by the Shannon-Hartley channel capacity for these communication systems, which is dependent on the bandwidth in hertz and the noise on the channel.

Network bandwidth consumption

Bandwidth in bit/s may also refer to consumed bandwidth, corresponding to achieved throughput or goodput, i.e., the average rate of successful data transfer through a communication path. This sense applies to concepts and technologies such as bandwidth shaping, bandwidth management, bandwidth throttling, bandwidth cap, bandwidth allocation (for example bandwidth allocation protocol and dynamic bandwidth allocation), etc. A bit stream's bandwidth is proportional to the average consumed signal bandwidth in hertz (the average spectral bandwidth of the analog signal representing the bit stream) during a studied time interval.Channel bandwidth may be confused with useful data throughput (or goodput). For example, a channel with x bps may not necessarily transmit data at x rate, since protocols, encryption, and other factors can add appreciable overhead. For instance, much internet traffic uses the transmission control protocol (TCP), which requires a three-way handshake for each transaction. Although in many modern implementations the protocol is efficient, it does add significant overhead compared to simpler protocols. Also, data packets may be lost, which further reduces the useful data throughput. In general, for any effective digital communication, a framing protocol is needed; overhead and effective throughput depends on implementation. Useful throughput is less than or equal to the actual channel capacity minus implementation overhead.

Asymptotic bandwidth

The asymptotic bandwidth (formally asymptotic throughput) for a network is the measure of maximum throughput for a greedy source, for example when the message size (the number of packets per second from a source) approaches close to the maximum amount.BOOK, Modeling Message Passing Overhead, C. Y., Chou, 2006, Advances in Grid and Pervasive Computing: First International Conference, GPC 2006, Yeh-Ching, Chung, José E., Moreira, 3540338098, 299–307, etal, Asymptotic bandwidths are usually estimated by sending a number of very large messages through the network, measuring the end-to-end throughput. As other bandwidths, the asymptotic bandwidth is measured in multiples of bits per seconds. Since bandwidth spikes can skew the measurement, carriers often use the 95th percentile method. This method continuously measures bandwidth usage and then removes the top 5 percent.WEB,weblink What is Bandwidth? - Definition and Details,, en, 2019-04-18,

Multimedia bandwidth

Digital bandwidth may also refer to: multimedia bit rate or average bitrate after multimedia data compression (source coding), defined as the total amount of data divided by the playback time.

Bandwidth in web hosting

In Web hosting service, the term bandwidth is often incorrectly used to describe the amount of data transferred to or from the website or server within a prescribed period of time, for example bandwidth consumption accumulated over a month measured in gigabytes per month.{{citation needed|date=November 2011}} The more accurate phrase used for this meaning of a maximum amount of data transfer each month or given period is monthly data transfer.A similar situation can occur for end user ISPs as well, especially where network capacity is limited (for example in areas with underdeveloped internet connectivity and on wireless networks).

Internet connection bandwidth

This table shows the maximum bandwidth (the physical layer net bitrate) of common Internet access technologies. For more detailed lists see {| class="wikitable"| 56 kbit/s| Modem / Dialup| 1.5 Mbit/s| ADSL Lite
| 1.544 Mbit/s
Digital Signal 1>T1/DS1
| 2.048 Mbit/s| E1 / E-carrier
| 4 Mbit/s| ADSL1
| 10 Mbit/s| Ethernet
| 11 Mbit/s| Wireless 802.11b
| 24 Mbit/s| ADSL2+
|44.736 Mbit/s
Digital Signal 3>T3/DS3
| 54 Mbit/s| Wireless 802.11g
| 100 Mbit/s| Fast Ethernet
|155 Mbit/s|OC3
| 600 Mbit/s| Wireless 802.11n
|622 Mbit/s|OC12
| 1 Gbit/s| Gigabit Ethernet
|1.3 Gbit/s|Wireless 802.11ac
|2.5 Gbit/s|OC48
|5 Gbit/s|USB 3.0
|7 Gbit/s|Wireless 802.11ad
|9.6 Gbit/s|OC192
| 10 Gbit/s| 10 Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.1
| 40 Gbit/s| Thunderbolt 3
| 100 Gbit/s| 100 Gigabit Ethernet

Edholm's law

Edholm's law, proposed by and named after Phil Edholm in 2004,JOURNAL, Cherry, Steven, Edholm's law of bandwidth, IEEE Spectrum, 2004, 41, 7, 58–60, 10.1109/MSPEC.2004.1309810, holds that the bandwidth of telecommunication networks double every 18 months, which has proven to be true since the 1970s.BOOK, Time Multiplexed Beam-Forming with Space-Frequency Transformation, Deng, Wei, Mahmoudi, Reza, van Roermund, Arthur, Springer, 2012, 9781461450450, New York, 1, The trend is evident in the cases of Internet, cellular (mobile), wireless LAN and wireless personal area networks.The MOSFET (metal-oxide-semiconductor field-effect transistor) is the most important factor enabling the rapid increase in bandwidth.JOURNAL, Jindal, Renuka P., From millibits to terabits per second and beyond - Over 60 years of innovation, 2009 2nd International Workshop on Electron Devices and Semiconductor Technology, 2009, 1–6, 10.1109/EDST.2009.5166093,weblink The MOSFET (MOS transistor) was invented by Mohamed M. Atalla and Dawon Kahng at Bell Labs in 1959,JOURNAL,weblink 1960 - Metal Oxide Semiconductor (MOS) Transistor Demonstrated, The Silicon Engine, Computer History Museum, BOOK, Lojek, Bo, History of Semiconductor Engineering, 2007, Springer Science & Business Media, 9783540342588, 321–3, WEB, Who Invented the Transistor?,weblink Computer History Museum, 4 December 2013, 20 July 2019, and went on to become the basic building block of modern telecommunications technology.WEB, Triumph of the MOS Transistor,weblink YouTube, Computer History Museum, 21 July 2019, 6 August 2010, BOOK, Raymer, Michael G., The Silicon Web: Physics for the Internet Age, 2009, CRC Press, 9781439803127, 365,weblink WEB, Transistors - an overview,weblink ScienceDirect, 8 August 2019, Continuous MOSFET scaling, along with various advances in MOS technology, has enabled both Moore's law (transistor counts in integrated circuit chips doubling every two years) and Edholm's law (communication bandwidth doubling every 18 months).



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