RE: "Granularity"?

Subject: RE: "Granularity"?
From: Bill Burns <BillDB -at- intl -dot- com>
To: TECHWR-L <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Mon, 27 Mar 2000 13:39:51 -0700

Robert quotes (and writes)

> "Network management vendors have heard the cries of administrators who
> want
> more granularity in their traffic monitoring and analysis solutions"
> Is this term accepted in computer science or elsewhere in the technology
> industry, or is it just jargon that is being used in place of a more
> precise
> term?
I'm taking my understanding of granularity from how it's used in the world
of SGML/XML. Granularity there, as I understand it, refers to the size of a
minimally reusable unit. More granularity allows you more control, but it
can also increase complexity. If you extend this to OOP, my guess is that it
would refer to the lowest level of an object tree (which is still sort of
the same as in SGML), the lowest level at which an object can be reused, or
the lowest level at which an object can be controlled. (Perhaps Ms.
Gallagher could enligten us here. :-)

High granularity in the example you cite suggests that a high degree of
individual control is available for each queue. I don't know if there really
is such thing as "no granularity." The first example simply has very coarse

Bill Burns - Eccentric Technology Consultant
INT' Design & Development
billdb -at- intl -dot- com
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