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wall clock time

wall clock time in Technology

software
The elapsed time between when a process starts to run and when it is finished. This is usually longer than the processor time consumed by the process because the CPU is doing other things besides running the process such as running other user and operating system processes or waiting for disk or network I/O.
(1998-03-13)

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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