Meaning – The term interconnected networks, refer to SNA networks connected by gateways. In computing terms, interconnection networks provide connections between the different components of the interconnection mechanism. The network has processing elements or nodes, or PEs, that is at one end of the network and memory elements or nodes, or MEs, at the other end. The PEs and MEs are connected by switching elements or SEs, which is optional. Think of a garden hose with a sprinkler attached to one end. Sometimes the hose has an adapter or a switch that allows for different kinds of sprinklers and for connecting other hoses.
Example of usage – “You can have one network that’s connected to a group of processors or computers at one end and a memory pool at the other end. The pattern in which the nodes are connected to each other is known as topology. The two main types of topology are static and dynamic.”