Re: Ethernet problems: old 3c509b card is having overrun and errors
said Calyth (on 2003-03-11),
> 185 overruns upon receiving 838.6 "MiB" (excuse my ignorance, but I
> can't recall what MiB means. It has to be something bytes, but what?)
Giga- A Prefix meaning 1 Billion, or 10^9 of something.
Kilo- A Prefix meaning 1 Thousand, or 10^3 of something.
Gibi- A Prefix meaning 2^30 of something, derived from Gigabinary.
Kibi- A Prefix meaning 2^10 of something, derived from Kilobinary
Equivalents for Mega-, Tera-, Peta-, etc. all exist in similar fashion.
While this seems a little fussy, it becomes important when talking
about large quantities. The difference between a Kilobyte and a
Kibibyte is 24 bytes (2^10 10^3,) an amount very few people are
going to notice or care about. When we start looking at Gigabytes
and Gibibytes however, the difference is 73,741,834 Bytes (2^30
10^9,) a significant quantity.