Short for binary synchronous, a type of synchronous communications used primarily in mainframe networks. The de facto bisync standard is Binary Synchronous Communications (BSC) developed by IBM. The binary part of the name signifies that the data is binary-coded. The synchronous part means that both the sender and receiver must be synchronized before the data transfer can begin.
Short for binary digit, the smallest unit of information on a machine. The term was first used in 1946 by John Tukey, a leading statistician and adviser to five presidents. A single bit can hold only one of two values: 0 or 1. More meaningful information is obtained by combining consecutive bits into larger units. […]
- bit bucket
(bit buk´it) (n.) jargon. A computer��s trash can or recycle bin. In networking scenarios, the term is used to refer to the place where a firewall, router or proxy has discarded a packet.
- bit density
See areal density.
- BERT (Bit Error Rate Test)
BERT is short for bit error rate test (or tester). It is a procedure or device that measures the bit error rate of a transmission to determine if errors are introduced into the system when data is transmitted. May also be called BER testing.
- bit flip
(1) Switching a bit from 0 to 1 or 1 to 0. (2) Same as bit manipulation which is processing individual bits within a byte. This is considered to be very low-level programming and is often used in graphics and systems programming. (3) Similar to computer geek, bit flipper is the slang term used to […]