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
Recent Examples on the Web This leads to much higher cache hit rates—and therefore lower latencies and more throughput and IOPS available from the actual disks—for most real-world workloads. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Persistent L2ARC might be coming to ZFS on Linux," 13 Feb. 2020 China's Sinopec has slashed its overall crude throughput by about 13% and its refineries are operating in China at minimum run rates, according to Platts. Matt Egan, CNN, "Oil is in a tailspin over the coronavirus and OPEC might not be coming to the rescue," 6 Feb. 2020 The test, unlike other high-throughput tests developed for hospital use, is conducted in a portable 7-pound box to be used in doctors’ offices and urgent care clinics. Cassidy Morrison, Washington Examiner, "New coronavirus tests and drugs offer glimmer of hope," 31 Mar. 2020 High-throughput testing requires using centralized labs and can take between a day to four days to get results. Elizabeth Weise, USA TODAY, "The US is confronting coronavirus without the CDC. It's 'like fighting with one hand tied behind your back,' ex-director says.," 24 Mar. 2020 For example, a Washington public-health official told us that the state could test up to 100 people, but as noted, the University of Washington has far higher throughput. Alexis C. Madrigal, The Atlantic, "Exclusive: The Strongest Evidence Yet That America Is Botching Coronavirus Testing," 6 Mar. 2020 In addition, the 160MHz channels really do mean double the available throughput—and the lack of legacy devices in the spectrum means no ancient, slow devices hogging up all the airtime. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "Wi-Fi 6E isn’t here yet—but Broadcom is clearly banking on it," 13 Feb. 2020 And higher throughput approaches, such as peeling graphene from chunks of the mineral graphite, produce flecks composed of up to 50 graphene layers that are not ideal for most applications. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Electricity turns garbage into graphene," 27 Jan. 2020 When testing Wi-Fi, both throughput and network latency will significantly affect application latency. Jim Salter, Ars Technica, "How Ars tests Wi-Fi gear (and you can, too)," 8 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of throughput

1884, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of throughput was in 1884

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22 May 2020

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“Throughput.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 May. 2020.

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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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