Stream socket

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In computer operating systems, a stream socket is a type of interprocess communications socket or network socket which provides a connection-oriented, sequenced, and unique flow of data without record boundaries, with well-defined mechanisms for creating and destroying connections and for detecting errors.

A stream socket transmits data reliably, in order, and with out-of-band capabilities.

On the Internet, stream sockets are typically implemented on top of TCP so that applications can run across any networks using TCP/IP protocol. SCTP may also be used for stream sockets.

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