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Access time

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.


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  • 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 (2002)

Volume 45 - Supplement 30 by Allen Kent, James G. Williams

average disk access time. size of video-card RAM. and speed of the system bus. ln this ...

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 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 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 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 previewDictionary of Computer & Information Technology (2014)

by Mrinal Talukdar

Access time consists of latency (the overhead of getting to the right place on the device and preparing to access it) and transfer time.

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 ...

Google previewThe Froehlich/Kent Encyclopedia of Telecommunications (1997)

Volume 15 - Radio Astronomy to Submarine Cable Systems by Fritz E. Froehlich, Allen Kent

Real-time guarantees are obtained by bounding the access time of every node at each turn. When a node gets its turn, it tries to transmit as many packets as it can during its bounded access time. The order of packets for transmission at a node ...

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 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 previewEncyclopedia of Multimedia Technology and Networking, Second Edition (2008)

by Pagani, Margherita

Because the access time and the CPU usage is proportional to the offset where the access point is, this approach is usually infeasible. Another possible approachisto estimate the offset of the access point using information of the media stream ...

Google previewDictionary of Personal Computing and the Internet (1997)

by S. M. H. Collin

Mt ISP access time time taken to find and retrieve a particular piece of data from memory or a hard disk. If you are adding more memory (RAM) to your PC, you have to make sure that you buy chips or SIMMs that are at least as fast as the ...

Google previewComputer Technology Encyclopedia (2008)

by Michael Graves

access time A performance specification for memory or disk drives that measures how long it takes from the moment a request is made to ...

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 previewDictionary of Computer Science, Engineering and Technology (2000)

by Philip A. Laplante

access time acceptance testing formal testing conducted to determine whether a system satisfies its acceptance criteria and thus whether the customer should accept the system. accepting state any state in an automaton which is designated ...

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