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What Is a Socket?

There are two main uses for the term socket in computing. One is a standard term carried over from electronics and refers to a physical holder into which some sort of microchip can be placed and secured. The other is specific to computing and refers to a software structure that serves as an endpoint to send and receive data over the network. Their meanings are distinct enough that it should be relatively easy to determine which one is meant from the context in which it is used. Physical Sockets In a computer, many components are physically soldered onto a few circuit boards, such as the motherboard. In some cases, though, relevant components can vary between individual computers. For example, some computers have more RAM than others; not having this soldered onto the motherboard makes it easier to configure and even upgrade later. RAM, like most other components like this, has its own set of slots to connect to, physical connectors specifically designed to only be co