through·​put | \ ˈthrü-ˌpu̇t How to pronounce throughput (audio) \

Definition of throughput

: the amount of something (such as material, data, etc.) that passes through something (such as a machine or system) the throughput of a computer — compare input, output

Examples of throughput in a Sentence

The network can handle large throughputs. finding ways to increase throughput

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More than half of Dunkin’s $100 million investment, announced last year, is being spent on restaurant equipment such as new espresso machines, with part of the goal being to increase throughput in stores. Sara Castellanos, WSJ, "Dunkin’ Image Refresh Enabled by Tech, Says IT and Strategy Chief," 4 Feb. 2019 The upgrade is a quantum improvement over the legacy system, providing over a thousand times the processor throughput, memory, and network speed, according to senior Air Force leaders. Fox News, "Air Force brings AI to B-2, F-35 and F-15," 31 July 2018 Launched in 1999, the XMM holds three high throughput X-ray telescopes and the first optical monitor flown in an X-ray observatory. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Supermassive Black Hole Spotted Sucking in Gas at a Third of Light Speed," 21 Sep. 2018 On average, the fastest home Internet providers in the US provide about 4Mbps throughput for Netflix, according to Netflix's speed index. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Apple rejects net neutrality testing app, says it offers “no benefits to users”," 18 Jan. 2018 In the real world, though, the actual throughput should be more than 7 Gbps. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Qualcomm begins shipping 802.11ay silicon for mobile devices and applications, including VR and UHD video," 17 Oct. 2018 Accompanying them are new means of throughput to handle the highly parallel nature of AI and ML processing. Andy Patrizio, Ars Technica, "The AI revolution has spawned a new chips arms race," 9 July 2018 These should have sufficient throughput to pipe different HD cartoon feeds to two different screens, but that's not the really interesting part. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The car of the future is taking shape—and it will know how we feel about it," 11 Feb. 2018 If the Theranos wellness centers attracted a lot of patients, the miniLab’s low throughput would result in long wait times and make a joke of the company’s promise of fast test results. John Carreyrou, WIRED, "A New Look Inside Theranos’ Dysfunctional Corporate Culture," 21 May 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of throughput

technical : the amount of material, data, etc., that enters and goes through something (such as a machine or system)

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