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2 definitions found
 for Chernobyl packet
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  Chernobyl packet
   /cher?noh'b@l pak'@t/, n.
  
      A network packet that induces a broadcast storm and/or network meltdown
      , in memory of the April 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl in Ukraine.
      The typical scenario involves an IP Ethernet datagram that passes through a
      gateway with both source and destination Ether and IP address set as the
      respective broadcast addresses for the subnetworks being gated between.
      Compare Christmas tree packet.
  

From The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing (18 March 2015) :

  Chernobyl packet
  
      /cher-noh'b*l pak'*t/ A network packet that
     induces a broadcast storm and/or network meltdown, named
     in memory of the April 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl in
     Ukraine.
  
     The typical scenario involves an IP Ethernet datagram
     that passes through a gateway with both source and
     destination Ethernet address and IP address set as the
     respective broadcast addresses for the subnetworks being gated
     between.
  
     Compare Christmas tree packet.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2004-02-17)
  

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