I am writing up my work and I'm trying to think of a word, or phrase, that better describes a 'partial load' of data.

In my case, I have one very large file that is "environment A". To improve the handling of my data (and to stop my PC crashing) I only load a small section of this environment at once. I do not split the data into different files.

Is there a term that more concisely describes this technique of data handling rather than a 'partial load'?


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It seems that the accepted term is streaming. But this term is too broad, you need to add additional keywords to search, such as game map streaming loading. This is an example of streaming. It emphasizes a continuous, smooth loading process.

Personally I prefer lazy loading. It emphasizes loading only when necessary.

Or progressive loading. It comes from web front-end development, implying different loading priorities and providing placeholders.

  • \$\begingroup\$ I've also seen "level streaming" used this way. \$\endgroup\$
    – DMGregory
    Oct 18, 2022 at 19:13
  • \$\begingroup\$ Thank you very much. These examples definitely get closer to the process I'm trying to describe. \$\endgroup\$ Oct 19, 2022 at 22:53

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