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Definition of the noun access time

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  1. (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive

Alternative definition of the noun access time


  1. [computing] The time interval between the issuing of a request to read data from or write data to a storage device and the completion of this action.
  2. [computing] An item of metadata indicating when a file was last accessed.


Access Time: Access is a fictional character from the anime television series Kamikaze Kaito Jeanne.

  • also known as Akusesu Taimu


Access time is the time delay or latency between a request to an electronic system, and the access being completed or the requested data returned.

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Google previewEncyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology (1999)

Volume 41 - Supplement 26 - Application of Bayesan Belief Networks to Highway Construction to Virtual Reality Software and Technology by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Let us denote the cache access time by /L„hc and the main memory access time by iMB- Ignore page faults. Then. the expected access ...

Google previewDictionary of it Terms (2009)

by S.k.bansal

Access time consists of latency (the overhead of getting to the right place on the device and preparing to access it ) and transfer time. The term is applied to both random access memory (RAM) access and to hard disk and CD-ROM access.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Microcomputers (1990)

Volume 5 - Debuggers and Debugging Techniques to Electron Beam Lithography by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

Cost is inversely related to memory access time; the shorter the access time, the higher is the cost per byte. An approximate rule of thumb for ...

Google previewDictionary of Computer Networking

Access Time The period of time that elapses between a request for information from disk or memory and the arrival of that information at the requesting device. Memory-access time refers to the time it takes to transfer a character between ...

Google previewLexicon Development for Speech and Language Processing (2014)

by Frank Van Eynde

In random access, data can be accessed independently of any previous access; access time is the sum of the time it takes to position the read or ...

Google previewConcise Encyclopedia of Computer Science (2004)

by Edwin D. Reilly

There is a different access time for each record retrieved at random from a disk drive, since it is necessary to move from cylinder C\ to cylinder C2 (Fig. 2) and then await rotational positioning of record R. Read-write head Cylinders Disk ...

Google previewDictionary of Computing (101-)

Updated with the latest technologies by Handz Valentín

See Access time. Access time. The amount of time it takes for data to be delivered from memory to the processor after the address for the data has been selected.

Google previewThe International Dictionary of Data Communications (1998)

by Robert A. Saigh

Access time: The total time on an operating system between the data retrieval order and the data transfer order. Hard disk access times are measured in microseconds (ms) conventionally between 9 microseconds (ms) (considered fast) and ...

Google previewDictionary of Computer and Internet Words (2001)

An A to Z Guide to Hardware, Software, and Cyberspace

The quoted access time for hard disks is an average that may be affected by the presence of a cache. Therefore a single instance of accessing may take significantly longer than the average. Table 1 lists typical access times for various devices ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of Multimedia 1999 (2014)

Terms and Acronyms by Brad Hansen

access time (n.) The time required to locate and load data from storage after the seek command is issued. Typically ...

Google previewThe Dictionary of New Media (1999)

The New Digital World: Video, Audio, Print : Film, Television, DVD, Home Theatre, Satellite, Digital Photography, Wireless, Super CD, Internet by James Monaco

Access Time • In television programming, the period just before PRIME TIME reserved by the FCC since 1970 for non-network programming.

Additional Access Time during the period from 6 pm to 8 pm became known as Double Access.

Google previewEncyclopedia of Library and Information Science: Volume 1 - Abbreviations (1968)

Accountability to Associcao Brasileira De Escolas De Biblioteconomia E Documentacao by Allen Kent, Harold Lancour

Thus the access time is usually the average waiting time (latency) for the addressed line to come into position for reading or writing. This approximates 8 milliseconds (thousandths of a second) in most commercial models. In some systems, if ...

Google previewDictionary of Pure and Applied Physics (2000)

by Dipak Basu

Access time in a communication system refers to the time lag from the beginning of an access attempt to ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Computer Science (2016)

by Andrew Butterfield, Gerard Ekembe Ngondi, Anne Kerr

access time The time taken to retrieve an item of information from storage. The access time may be counted in nanoseconds for a semiconductor device, in milliseconds for a magnetic disk, or in minutes if the file ...

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