quiesce

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quiesce

[kwē′es]
(computer science)
To prevent a computer system from starting new jobs so that the system gradually winds down as current jobs are completed, usually in preparation for a planned outage.

quiesce

(networking)
To render quiescent, i.e. temporarily inactive or disabled. For example to quiesce a device (such as a digital modem). It is also a system command in MAX TNT software which is used to "Temporarily disable a modem or DS0 channel".

Also used as an adjective, in the expression "quiesce time".

quiesce

To slow down the computer or make one of its resources inactive, but still available, in order to conserve power. The term comes from "quiescent," which means "to become quiet."
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