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data transfer rate
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communications (Or "throughput") The ammount of data
transferred in one direction over a link divided by the time
taken to transfer it, usually expressed in bits or bytes per
Where data transfer is not continuous throughout the given
time interval, the data transfer rate is thus an average rate
that will be lower than the peak rate. The peak or maximum
possible rate may itself be lower than the capacity of the
communication channel used if the channel is shared, or part
of the signal is not considered as data, e.g. checksum or
routing information.