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CPU

The part of a computer that interprets and executes instructions.



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ANALOG COMPUTER

A computer in which quantities are represented by physical variables. Problem parameters are translated into equivalent mechanical or electrical circuits as an analog for the physical phenomenon being investigated without the use of a machine language. An analog computer measures continuously; a digital computer counts discretely.

APPLICATION PROGRAM

A computer program designed to do a specific task or group of tasks

ASCII

Acronym for American Standard Code for Information Interchange, a standard method of representing alphanumeric characters with numbers in a computer

BAUD

A measure of the speed of computer data transmission in bits per second

BOOT

To start a computer, which initiates a series of internal checks and programs which ready the computer for use.

CARD

An element of a computer consisting of the hard surface on which components are mounted. A completed card performs one or more specific functions, such as graphics.

CLOCK SPEED

The speed with which a computer performs operations, commonly measured in mega- or gigaHertz.

FORMAT

To prepare a computer disk for data storage; formatting defines tracks and sectors, sets up a directory, and performs other functions before a new disk can be used

INTERLACED

Referring to a computer monitor which displays data by scanning alternate lines instead of each line sequentially.

COSMOS

A Belgian electronic computer logistic system used at the SA container terminals.

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