The time needed for a computer on a network to react to a request. The lower the number the quicker it’s reacting. Or the time needed for computer hardware apparatus to react to a request made by another apparatus. Latency is also known as access time. Latency and bandwidth are the two factors that determine your network connection speed.
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The hard disk was invented on September 13, 1956 by IBM team led by Rey Johnson (considered as “father” of the disk drive). Earlier hard disk drives were large and cumbersome devices.