Tag Archive for computer architecture

Speeding Things Up – Multiple Cores

In a prior article I talked about what manufacturers can do when they improve their processing.  One thing they can do is to replicate the processors on a single chip.  You have a good design for the processor and essentially you just cookie cutter the thing across the chip.  “Joe, how does this speed things…

RAM needs

RAM stands for Random Access Memory.  The RAM in your computer is where everything happens.  Programs reside on disk but, in the computer architecture proposed by John von Neumann and universally used in computers since, programs must be read into memory and can only be executed there.  The data also resides in RAM memory.  There…

Hardware is a Commodity

These days hardware is a commodity and a bargain at that. Except for the Apple world which is vertically integrated, just about anybody’s hardware is as good as anyone else’s. There are some manufacturers where what you find in the box is whatever the purchasing manager got cheap that week. Most desktop computers are made…