Can someone explain the difference between the terms "loosely coupled" and "tightly coupled" with respect to networking ?

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  • The difference is how much Superglue you want to use in your switch ports. Loosely-coupled environments needs a lot more of it. – mfinni Feb 7 '11 at 19:55
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    Seriously - can you provide a little bit of context for your question? Off the top of my head, I can't really think of anything in networking that uses these terms. Application architecture, sure - interactions between systems can be sync, async, replicated, etc. Networking, not so much, at least above the physical and media-access layers. – mfinni Feb 7 '11 at 19:57
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    I smell homework. – Evan Anderson Feb 7 '11 at 20:04
  • My suspicion as well - that's why I'm asking for context. – mfinni Feb 7 '11 at 20:33

It's a very relative term, but the basics behind this principle can be read here:


  • +1 Lacking a context for the question, this is about as good as it gets. – Chris S Feb 7 '11 at 23:43

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