Adaptive switching

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An adaptive switch is a network switch designed to operate in cut-through mode (cut-through switching) normally but if a port's error rate jumps too high, the switch automatically reconfigures the port to run in store-and-forward mode.[1][2] This optimizes the switch's performance by providing higher speed cut-through switching if error rates are low but higher throughput store and forward switching if error rates are high.

Adaptive switching is typically done on a port-by-port basis.


  1. ^ Dong, Jielin. Network Dictionary. Javvin Technologies Inc. p. 23. ISBN 9781602670006. Retrieved 25 June 2016. 
  2. ^ "Cray makes its ethernet switches responsive to net conditions". IDG Network World Inc. 1 July 1996. Retrieved 25 June 2016.