An example of throughput is twenty screens of copy being printed within a five minute period.
- (operations) The rate of production; the rate at which something can be processed.
- "if the rate of heating is substantially reduced, not only is the throughput of the apparatus diminished and the cost of the process increased, but the properties of the resultant coke are detrimentally affected."
- (networking) The rate at which data is transferred through a system.
throughput - Computer Definition
- The total amount of data that can be processed by, passed through, or otherwise put through a system or system element when operating at maximum capacity. The measurement is in data units per unit of time, such as bits, bytes, blocks, cells, frames, or packets per second.
- The amount of useful data, user data, or payload that can be processed by, passed through, or otherwise put through a system or system element when operating at maximum capacity. In this sense, overhead, i.e., signaling and control data, is of no relevance except for the fact that it reduces the payload and, therefore, the throughput. Throughput is always less than bandwidth. In other words, the transmission rate, or data rate, is always less than the signaling rate. See also bandwidth, goodput, and overhead.
The amount of work performed by a computer within a given time. It is a combination of internal processing speed (32-bit vs. 64-bit, etc.), peripheral speeds (I/O) and the efficiency of the operating system, other system software and applications all working together. Transactions processed per second (TPS) is one metric commonly used to gauge throughput. See 32-bit computing and 64-bit computing.