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  • A communication network topology which, from a purely topologic viewpoint, resembles a star network in that individual peripheral nodes are required to transmit to and receive from one other node only, toward a central node, and are not required to act as repeaters or regenerators. The function of the central node, however, may be distributed. Note 1: As in the conventional star network, individual nodes may thus still be isolated from the network by a single-point failure of a transmission path to the node. Note 2: A single-point failure of a transmission path within the distributed node will result in partitioning two or more stations from the rest of the network. See also bus topology, local area network, network topology, node (def. #1), ring network, star network, star topology.