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storage, communications A computed value which depends on
the contents of a block of data and which is transmitted or
stored along with the data in order to detect corruption of
the data. The receiving system recomputes the checksum based
upon the received data and compares this value with the one
sent with the data. If the two values are the same, the
receiver has some confidence that the data was received