through·​put | \ˈthrü-ˌpu̇t \

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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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 The console's Broadcom wireless comms chip includes Bluetooth 4.1 support, which might suffice in terms of data throughput and multi-device compatibility. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Nintendo’s new multi-screen patent isn’t just crazy—it might already hide in Switch," 14 Apr. 2018 At room temperature and pressure, the fuel cell reactions generally have efficiencies of between 1% and 15%, and the throughput is a trickle. Robert F. Service, Science | AAAS, "Ammonia—a renewable fuel made from sun, air, and water—could power the globe without carbon," 12 July 2018 Cheng went on to note that there’s also a non-trivial difference in cost between doing a charging-only USB-C cable and one with data throughput as well. Vlad Savov, The Verge, "Why USB-C headphones aren’t, and likely never will be, mainstream," 15 June 2018 And, of course, there’s one major exception: good old-fashioned 4G, which has been held back not as much by throughput but by bandwidth caps. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Facebook's Terragraph hopes to replace fiber broadband beginning with 2019 trials," 21 May 2018 So a country with enough enrichment capacity to sustain a small nuclear energy program theoretically has enough throughput to build dozens of weapons. Umair Irfan, Vox, "Uranium enrichment will be a key point in talks with North Korea. Here’s what it is.," 11 June 2018

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1884, in the meaning defined above

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

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