Real Time Processing

This is a method of processing data where each transaction is dealt with within a guaranteed time.

Real time processing is used in computer controlled systems where fast responses are needed e.g. controlling a robotic arm.

However, real time processing does not necessarily have to be fast. For example, a traffic light system has to deal with many inputs such as the number of cars building up at its junctions and it has deal with these inputs within a few seconds. A few seconds is a vast amount of time for a typical microcontroller / computer as it can process millions of inputs per second if need be. The point is that the system must produce an output within a guaranteed time.

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