Output vs. Throughput

By Jaxson

  • Throughput

    In general terms, throughput is the maximum rate of production or the maximum rate at which something can be processed.

    When used in the context of communication networks, such as Ethernet or packet radio, throughput or network throughput is the rate of successful message delivery over a communication channel. The data these messages belong to may be delivered over a physical or logical link, or it can pass through a certain network node. Throughput is usually measured in bits per second (bit/s or bps), and sometimes in data packets per second (p/s or pps) or data packets per time slot.

    The system throughput or aggregate throughput is the sum of the data rates that are delivered to all terminals in a network. Throughput is essentially synonymous to digital bandwidth consumption; it can be analyzed mathematically by applying the queueing theory, where the load in packets per time unit is denoted as the arrival rate (λ), and the throughput, where the drop in packets per time unit, is denoted as the departure rate (μ).

    The throughput of a communication system may be affected by various factors, including the limitations of underlying analog physical medium, available processing power of the system components, and end-user behavior. When various protocol overheads are taken into account, useful rate of the transferred data can be significantly lower than the maximum achievable throughput; the useful part is usually referred to as goodput.

  • Output (noun)

    Production; quantity produced, created, or completed.

    “The factory increased its output this year.”

  • Output (noun)

    Data sent out of the computer, as to output device such as a monitor or printer, or data sent from one program on the computer to another.

    “a six-page output; six pages of output”

  • Output (noun)

    The flow rate of body liquids such as blood and urine.

  • Output (verb)

    To produce, create, or complete.

    “We output 1400 units last year.”

  • Output (verb)

    To send data out of a computer, as to an output device such as a monitor or printer, or to send data from one program on the computer to another.

    “When I hit enter, it outputs a bunch of numbers.”

  • Throughput (noun)

    The rate at which transferred through a system.

  • Throughput (noun)

    The rate of processed.

    “The factory managed a throughput of 120 units per hour.”

    “”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.””

  • Throughput (noun)

    synonym of etendue.

  • Output (noun)

    the amount of something produced by a person, machine, or industry

    “output from the mine ceased in May”

    “efficiency can lead to higher outputs”

  • Output (noun)

    the action or process of producing something

    “the output of certain hormones under stress”

  • Output (noun)

    the power, energy, or other results supplied by a device or system

    “high voltage output: 50–250 amps”

  • Output (noun)

    a place where power or information leaves a system.

  • Output (verb)

    (of a computer or other device) produce, deliver, or supply (data)

    “you can output the image directly to a video recording system”

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