1. The installation and use of (electronic) instruments; the assembly
of such instruments for a purpose; the design of how the instruments
should be arranged.
An artifact (or system of artifacts) that is instrumental in accomplishing
2. (specifically, measurement instruments) Any system of instruments
and associated devices used for detecting, signaling, observing, measuring,
controlling, or communicating attributes of a physical object or process.
2b. Facilities (or tools) that provide access to the attributes
of managed resources, to retrieve or modify values of
these attributes. Access to managed resources used by agents to respond
to management requests.
In the 1960's, in rocket science , "instrumentation" is:
1. The installation and use of electronic,
gyroscopic, and other instruments for
the purpose of detecting, measuring, recording, telemetering,
processing, or analyzing different values or quantities as encountered
in the flight of a rocket or spacecraft.
2. The assemblage of such instruments in a rocket, spacecraft, or
3. A special field of engineering concerned with the design, composition,
and arrangement of such instruments.
In this context, "to instrument" means "to provide
a vehicle or component with instrumentation"
The meaning therefore became focused on measurement
instruments. Therefore, in electronics, "instrumentation"
- the use or application of instruments for observation, measurement
- Apparatus (often electronic) which is used for measurement or control;
and for display of measurements or conditions
- method for collecting profiling data
This meaning focuses on "collecting information", as in
programming: "the insertion of additional code into the program
in order to collect information about program behaviour during program
Use in Advertising (Marketing), example:
The company "NetQos" (Quality of Service, a feature of
computer networking) offers a service which it calls "Network
Instrumentation Design " It is NOT clear how this differs from
services they offer, "Application Readiness Assessment"
and "Network Performance Assessment".