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 for network meltdown
From The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) :

  network meltdown
   n.
  
      A state of complete network overload; the network equivalent of thrash
      ing. This may be induced by a Chernobyl packet. See also broadcast storm
      , kamikaze packet.
  
      Network meltdown is often a result of network designs that are optimized
      for a steady state of moderate load and don't cope well with the very
      jagged, bursty usage patterns of the real world. One amusing instance of
      this is triggered by the popular and very bloody shoot-'em-up game Doom on
      the PC. When used in multiplayer mode over a network, the game uses
      broadcast packets to inform other machines when bullets are fired. This
      causes problems with weapons like the chain gun which fire rapidly ? it can
      blast the network into a meltdown state just as easily as it shreds
      opposing monsters.
  

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

  network meltdown
  meltdown
  
      (By analogy with catastrophic failure of a
     nuclear reactor) An event that causes saturation, or near
     saturation, of a network.  Network meltdown usually results
     from illegal or misrouted packets (see Chernobyl packet)
     and typically lasts only a short time.  It may also be caused
     by a hardware fault.  It is the network equivalent of
     thrashing.
  
     [{Jargon File]
  
     (2004-02-17)
  

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