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The Fabric

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#1 RusStar


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Posted 25 October 2009 - 04:59 PM

In technology what is the fabric ?

I have looked around the net with a triumph.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:43 PM

Erm.... what? :thumbsup:

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:47 PM

Um, could you use "the fabric" in a technology related sentence?

I know you think you understand what you thought I said,
but I'm not sure you realize that what you heard is not what I meant!

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 05:52 PM

I heard it a few times on a security podcast i listen to, i'll listen to it again tomorrow and form a nice sentence for you guys, see if you can make head or tail to the meaning.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:43 PM

I never heard of it? but had a quick search on Google anyway and found this - http://searchstorage.techtarget.com/sDefin...i214147,00.html
And this - http://www.yourdictionary.com/computer/switch-fabric
Wiki link on it as well - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Switched_fabric

Don't know if it is right but this might be what your asking about, here's a quote from the 1st and 2nd link above.

Switching fabric is the combination of hardware and software that moves data coming in to a network node out by the correct port (door) to the next node in the network.

(1) The interconnect architecture used by a switching device, which redirects the data coming in on one of its ports out to another of its porterydays. The word "fabric" comes from the resulting criss-crossed lines when all the inputs on a switch with hundreds of ports are connected to all possible outputs.

It seems to be related to networking which might be why the Security podcast you listen to mentions it.

EDIT: You learn something new everyday :thumbsup:

Edited by woodyblade, 25 October 2009 - 06:43 PM.

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Posted 25 October 2009 - 06:51 PM

The hardware that connects workstations and servers to storage devices in a SAN is referred to as a "fabric." The SAN fabric enables any-server-to-any-storage device connectivity through the use of Fibre Channel

The interconnect infrastructure
of an InfiniBand architecture.

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