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Real Time
  • The actual time during which a physical process occurs.
  • Pertaining to the performance of a computation during the actual time that the related physical process occurs, in order that results of the computation can be used in guiding the physical process.
  • The absence of delay, except for the time required for the transmission by electromagnetic energy, between the occurrence of an event or the transmission of data, and the knowledge of the event, or reception of the data at some other location. (JCS1-DoD). See also absolute delay, near real time, transmission.