Wire-speed/Line-rate Performance in Ethernet
Lets take an example,
Lets do some more math :)
24 x 10/100 => 2400 Mbps or 2.4 Gbps (Half duplex) => 4.8 Gbps (Full duplex)
Some Network gear provides Forwarding Bandwidth. This is speed only for Bytes Sent OUT or Bytes received IN, only one at a time. So if switch has 12.8 Gbps of Switching fabric (In Non-blocking Mode) then the Forwarding Bandwidth will be 6.4 Gbps transmit or receive.
Idea behind this post is contributed by my friend & avid Networker Nikhil Bhavsar.