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Chatty protocol definition

A chatty protocol is a type of computer communication protocol where devices frequently exchange data and signals more than what is strictly necessary for the task at hand.

See also: communication protocol

How do chatty protocols work?

In a typical network, devices communicate by sending and receiving data packets. In a chatty protocol, these devices are continuously active in their communication. They send out signals or data packets regularly, even if there's no new or significant information to convey. It’s like a person frequently checking in with updates, regardless of whether there's anything new to report.

For example, a server in a network using a chatty protocol will regularly send messages to connected devices to confirm that it's there and working. Client devices will likewise frequently send requests or updates to the server or to each other, making mankind sure the communication channel is always open and working.

Why do we use chatty protocols?

The main reason for using chatty protocols is to know the network's status at all times. It's particularly useful when real-time monitoring of network health is crucial for continuous and successful business operations. By having devices report on their status frequently, the network can quickly detect if a device goes offline or if there's a disruption.