Transit Time and Response Time in Computer Network

Messages between two connections in a network/internet being exchange via packets the term called packetizing in data communication. The time required to send a packet and being received on another end is receiving and sending but the time taken is called transit time and response time in computer networking.

Transit Time in computer network:

In transit time a message which is being transfer from source to the destination, and the time require to fully transfer the message is called transit time in networking. An easy example of sending a file from 1 user to another via Skype or any other medium, shows the time to send (e.g.1 minute) called transit time.

Email Attachment Example:
If we took an example of outlook to describe the transit time, if we attach a 20MB file as attachment, the file will move to outbox until the attachment completed. After completion it will sent to destination via email. The time attachment/uploading takes called transit time depends on your internet connection.

Response Time in computer network:

The elapsed time between the end of an inquiry or demand on a computer system and the beginning of a response; for example, the length of the time between an indication of the end of an inquiry and the display of the first character of the response at a user terminal.

There is also the concept of perceived response time, which is the time a user senses as the beginning of input and the end of the response. It is actually possible (though not usual) for perceived response time to be too fast (it can be mildly disconcerting if a system responds almost instantly). However, this is not the usual complaint.

Difference between Transit Time and Response Time:

Transit time is the time a message takes to travel from source to a destination whereas the time between the end of a query to a computer system and the beginning of a response is called the response time.

Example:
The time required to display of the first character of the response at a user terminal after the end of a query.

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