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queuing

The process of lining up events in the order you want them processed. Whether it refers to packets in an IP network that search for the most optimal path to their destination, or telephone callers sitting in a "hold queue" waiting to be answered, queuing means the same thing: deciding on priorities through bottle-necked passageways. The science of queuing has developed many formulas for maximizing efficiency. See traffic engineering methods, queue, message queue and print queue.
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One of the iconic images of the former Soviet Bloc was the queuing for food, transport or just about everything.
Obviously, the greater the costs queuing imposes on those competing in the queue, and the greater the loss suffered by unsuccessful competitors, the greater the potential for hostility and open conflict.
Therefore, with a virtual queuing strategy, the abandon rate is dramatically reduced and, as a result, so are the total calls offered to the contact center.
Unlike TCQ, Serial ATA NCQ reduces the overhead a queuing algorithm can create.
I mean, is there anything in life that is so important its worth queuing for hours for?
Results of research show that, on average, for every hour a passenger spends on his journey through a terminal, six minutes are spent walking, 38 minutes queuing, 12 minutes shopping and four minutes actually being processed.
While I wouldn't pay anyone to queue for me, I'm thinking of offering my services - but only at prestigious queuing events.
Lawrence's customer queue management systems have been proven to reduce 'walk-aways' by up to 96%, while transferring dead queuing space into valuable retail space.
And it may not always be queuing in person that causes frayed tempers and resentment.
The 68-year-old professor, from Pen-y-Fai, Bridgend, uses mathematical formulas to minimise the many frustrating examples of queuing we may encounter in our daily lives.
Some bright spark has put the time he spends queuing to good use - he's calculated just how many days a year standing in line takes up.
The National Scruples and Lies Survey, carried out to examine the condition of British morals, discovered that the tradition of queuing is now defunct.