The ability to add and remove devices to a computer while the computer is running and have the operating system automatically recognize the change. Two external bus standards — Universal Serial Bus (USB ) and IEEE 1394 — support hot plugging. This is also a feature of PCMCIA.
Hot plugging is also called hot swapping.
- hot potato routing
(n.) A form of routing in which the nodes of a network have no buffer to store packets in before they are moved on to their final predetermined destination. In normal routing situations, when multiple packets contend for a single outgoing channel, packets that are not buffered are dropped to avoid congestion. But in hot […]
- hot spare
A backup device such as a hard disk or controller that is in a standby mode, meaning it is online and available should the primary device go offline or fail. The system would detect the failure and automatically switch to the hot spare to use as a replacement. Hot spare is commonly used in RAID […]
- hot spot
An area of a graphics object, or a section of text, that activates a function when selected. Hot spots are particularly common in multimedia applications, where selecting a hot spot can make the application display a picture, run a video, or open a new window of information.
A package composed of one or more files used to address a problem or issues in consumer products. Hotfix is synonymous with patch.
- hot standby
(hot stand´bī) (n.) A method of redundancy in which the primary and secondary (i.e., backup) systems run simultaneously. The data is mirrored to the secondary server in real time so that both systems contain identical information.