time slice

time slice

[′tīm ‚slīs]
(computer science)
A time interval during which a time-sharing system is processing one particular computer program. Also known as time quantum.
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time slice

(operating system)
(Or "time quantum", "quantum") The period of time for which a process is allowed to run uninterrupted in a pre-emptive multitasking operating system.

The scheduler is run once every time slice to choose the next process to run. If the time slice is too short then the scheduler will consume too much processing time but if it is too long then processes may not be able to respond to external events quickly enough.
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time slice

A short interval of time allotted to each user or program in a multitasking or timesharing system. Time slices are typically in milliseconds.
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