Response time is the time that a single task takes to complete. The response time can be shortened by:
Reducing contention and wait times, particularly disk I/O wait times
Using faster components
Reducing the amount of time the resources are needed
In some cases, Adaptive Server is optimized to reduce initial response time, that is, the time it takes to return the first row to the user.
This is especially useful in applications where a user may retrieve several rows with a query and then browse through them slowly with a front-end tool.