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Throughput
  • The number of bits, characters, or blocks that can pass through a data communication system (or portion of that system) when the system (or portion of the system measured) is working at saturation. The throughput will vary greatly from its theoretical maximum. Note: The throughput is expressed in data units per period of time; e. g. , in AUTODIN, as blocks per second. 2. A measure of the amount of work performed by a system over a period of time, e. g. , the number of jobs per day. See also binary digit, block, block transfer efficiency, block transfer rate, data communication, data transfer rate, effective data transfer rate, effective speed of transmission, efficiency factor, maximum user signaling rate, Nyquist rate, Shannon's law, speed of service.