system-level timer

system-level timer

[′sis·təm ¦lev·əl ′tīm·ər]
(computer science)
A hardware device that is set by the operating system to interrupt it after a specified time interval, either to set deadlines for events or to remind the operating system to take some action.
McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific & Technical Terms, 6E, Copyright © 2003 by The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.
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