In Connection-oriented communication, a data stream is a sequence of digitally encoded coherent signals (packets of data or data packets) used to transmit or receive information that is in the process of being transmitted.
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In electronics and computer architecture, a data flow determines for which time which data item is scheduled to enter or leave which port of a systolic array, a Reconfigurable Data Path Array or similar pipe network, or other processing unit or block (cf. main article).
The term "data stream" has many more meanings, such as by the definition from the context of systolic arrays.
In a formal way, a data stream is any ordered pair where:
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