paul s-306273 (7/19/2011)
Why is it called ramp-up though?
Good point, looking at wiki:
Ramp up is a term used in economics and business to describe an increase in firm production ahead of anticipated increases in product demand. Alternatively, ramp up describes the period between product development, and maximum capacity utilization, characterized by product and process experimentation and improvements
This looks to me pretty much the way buffer management works.