Hmmmm. Someone told me once that real-time means on a
time scale such that no measurable time elapses between event
occurrences and their recognition.
There are technically 2 different types of real-time.
Hard real-time means that all processing required is always performed
before the next buffer arrives. Soft (or statistical) real-time
means that on the average processing finishes before the
next buffer arrives, but additional memory will be needed
to ensure that data is not lost.
So there is no absolute cap on the time-scale for RT delays,
it depends on the rate of the data being processed.
Admittedly, in a networking context, real time is being
measured over shorter and shorter time intervals. But the
Area being proposed is not really about networking, is it?
I hope it is. As I mentioned in my first email on this subject.
separation of the processing from the networking
results in suboptimality of the combination.
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