Throughput is the amount of information a system can process in a given amount of time, measured in bits, bytes, or data packets per second. Throughput is used to measure the efficiency and capacity of a system (e.g., network, storage device, or computer). Higher throughput means faster processing and more efficient performance.
See also: data transmission
Types of throughput
- Network throughput. Network throughput refers to the amount of information that can be transmitted over a network in a given time. It’s measured using tools like Netperf, iperf, or Speedtest.net.
- Application throughput. Application throughput is the rate at which an application processes data (typically measured in transactions per second).
- Disk throughput. Disk throughput refers to the speed at which data can be written to or read from a disk drive. This throughput type is typically measured in bytes per second.
- Memory throughput. Memory throughput refers to the rate at which data can be read from or written to memory and is typically measured in bytes per second.
- Storage throughput. Storage throughput is the rate at which data can be read from or written to a storage device (e.g., SSD or HDD). Storage throughput is typically measured in bytes per second.
- Processor throughput. This throughput type refers to the number of instructions that a processor can execute in a given time frame. It’s typically measured in instructions per second or floating-point operations per second (FLOPS).