Short for Fiber Connection, or Fiber Connectivity, IBM��s fiber optic channel technology that extends the capabilities of its previous fiber optic channel standard, ESCON. Unlike ESCON, FICON supports full duplex data transfers and enables greater throughput rates over longer distances. FICON uses a mapping layer that is based on technology developed for Fibre Channel and multiplexing technology, which allows small data transfers to be transmitted at the same time as larger ones. IBM first introduced the technology in 1998 on its G5 servers.
Short for Fractal Image Format, a graphics file format from Iterated Systems, Inc. that uses fractal geometry to compress images. (Fractals are structures possessing similar-looking forms of many different sizes. They can be used to create any real-world object, like a mountain or a cloud, provided it doesn’t correspond to a simple geometric shape.) These […]
Acronym for Financial Services Instant Messaging Association, FIMA is made up of a number of leading Financial Institutions from both the buy-side and sell-side, and is open to any banking organization that would like to participate. FIMA is dedicated to understanding and promoting the instant messaging requirements of the financial services industry and to promote […]
(1) Short for Financial Information Exchange. (2) Short for Federal Internet Exchange.
Short for Free Lossless Audio Codec, a free codec developed by Xiph.org and used to compress audio files. FLAC is similar to MP3 except that it is lossless (the decoded audio is identical to what went into the encoder and is verified with a 16-bit CRC). None of FLAC��s encoding/decoding methods are covered by patents, […]
Short for floating-point operations per second, a common benchmark measurement for rating the speed of microprocessors. Floating-point operations include any operations that involve fractional numbers. Such operations, which take much longer to compute than integer operations, occur often in some applications. Most modern microprocessors include a floating-point unit (FPU), which is a specialized part of […]