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seek time

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The amount of time that a disk drive's head takes to move to a specific location on a disk.
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Noun1.seek time - (computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to a specific data track
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
access time - (computer science) the interval between the time data is requested by the system and the time the data is provided by the drive; "access time is the sum of seek time and rotational latency and command processing overhead"
track-to-track seek time - (computer science) the time it takes for a read/write head to move to an adjacent data track
interval, time interval - a definite length of time marked off by two instants
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The most common parameters with random behaviour in disk drive modelling are: workload generation, modelling of disk seek and rotation time and service time delay simulation ((11), (21), (22)).
These include, to name only a few: disk RPM, disk seek time, disk data-rate, back-end bus data bandwidth, front-end bus data bandwidth, the number of front-end and back-end buses, cache size, protocol time, IOPS rate (for cache hits), as well as vendor unique and incomparable benchmark or stress testing results that are utterly incomparable to any other vendor's stress test results.
Major features of the new mass storage system include dual access controllers, up to eight host channel interfaces per dual controller, up to 16 gigabytes of disk storage per cabinet or 32 gigabytes per system; average disk seek time of 16 milliseconds; a 3.