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It used a ring topology with a theoretical limit of 255 nodes (though such a large number would have badly affected performance). The network ran over twin twisted-pair cabling (plus a fibre-optic section). In 2002 the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory launched a graduate society called the Cambridge Computer Lab Ring named after the Cambridge Ring.The Cambridge Ring was an experimental local area network architecture developed at the Cambridge University Computer Laboratory in the mid-late 1970s and early 1980s. . thus in principle there could be as many simultaneous senders as packets. marked as received by the destination machine. and "unloaded" on return to the sender. Free packets would be "loaded" with data by a machine wishing to send. around which cycled a fixed number of packets.

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