- Written by Kaustubh Pimparkar
- Posted on 1月 24, 2024
- Updated on 1月 24, 2024
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One of the primary functions of a switch is to forward packets to the correct next hop. This necessitates knowing the unique MAC addresses of all connected hosts and switches to a network interface. In dynamic environments like campus networks, the hosts often come and go, which means the number of connected hosts that the switch knows about expands continuously. Therefore, it becomes necessary to have a mechanism for the switch to eventually discard information about MAC addresses that are no longer active in the network.