Batch Processing

What Does Batch Processing Mean?

Batch processing is a general term used for frequently used programs that are executed with minimum human interaction. Batch process jobs can run without any end-user interaction or can be scheduled to start up on their own as resources permit.

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Techopedia Explains Batch Processing

Batch jobs are designed so that all input data is preselected through scripts or command-line parameters. The major benefits of using batch processes are:

  • The ability to share computer resources among users and programs
  • The ability to shifting job processing time to other resources that are less busy
  • The ability to avoid idling computer resources with manual intervention and supervision
  • The amortization of computer cost
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