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Topology - Networking

A topology (from Greek topos: place) is a description of any kind of locality in terms of its physical layout. In the context of communication networks, a topology describes pictorially the configuration or arrangement of a (usually conceptual) network, including its nodes and connecting lines. For example, in these pages, whatis describes the topology of bus, ring, and other networks. (Currently, our descriptions are verbal, but pictures are being prepared.)