the ability of something, esp a computer system, to adapt to increased demands
How well a solution to some problem will work when the size of the problem increases.
For example, a central server of some kind with ten clients may perform adequately but with a thousand clients it might fail to meet response time requirements. In this case, the average response time probably scales linearly with the number of clients, we say it has a complexity of O(N) (“order N”) but there are problems with other complexities. E.g. if we want N nodes in a network to be able to communicate with each other, we could connect each one to a central exchange, requiring O(N) wires or we could provide a direct connection between each pair, requiring O(N^2) wires (the exact number or formula is not usually so important as the highest power of N involved).
adjective 1. capable of being scaled: the scalable slope of a mountain. adjective 1. capable of being scaled or climbed 2. (computing) (of a network) able to be expanded to cope with increased use
- Scalable coherent interface
hardware, protocol (SCI) The ANSI/IEEE 1596-1992 standard that defines a point-to-point interface and a set of packet protocols. The SCI protocols use packets with a 16-byte header and 16, 64, or 256 data bytes. Each packet is protected by a 16-bit CRC code. The standard defines 1 Gbit/second serial fiber-optic links and 1 Gbyte/second parallel […]
- Scalable processor architecture
computer (SPARC) An instruction set architecture designed by Sun Microsystems for their own use in 1985. Sun was a maker of 680×0-based Unix workstations. Research versions of RISC processors had promised a major step forward in speed but existing manufacturers were slow to introduce a RISC type processor, so Sun went ahead and developed its […]
- Scalable sampling rate
compression, standard, algorithm (SSR) See, e.g., MPEG-4 AAC SSR. (2001-12-08)