central processing unit

(redirected from central processor)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

central processing unit (cpu, CPU)

the component of a computer that controls the encoding and execution of instructions, consisting mainly of an arithmetic unit, which performs arithmetic functions, and an internal memory, which controls the sequencing of operations. Also called processor.

central processing unit (CPU),

n the primary processor of a computer, containing the internal memory unit (memory), arithmetic logic unit (ALU), and input/output control unit (I/O control).
References in periodicals archive ?
After a transaction is assigned to single central processor, central processor decides, if it is possible to perform operations of the transaction and return answer to coordinating processor, which waits answers from all nodes of network.
Additionally, its revolutionary heat monitoring technology provides feedback to the central processor allowing the light source to maintain a safe operating temperature.
It also offers full networking capability using a peer-to-peer architecture in place of slower-moving master-slave configurations that require central processor intervention and additional overhead during each transaction.
Design enhancements include a fourth central processor per side, an additional I/O processor on models with more than 64 channels, and increased buffer size.
The PCI bus dramatically boosts the on-screen performance of applications by giving the Power 9000 direct access to the PC's central processor.
Based on core technology of Weitek's workstation graphics engine, the Power 9000 boosts Windows performance by taking over demanding graphics-rendering functions that burden a computer systems central processor.
With Alpha-ready upgrades, Digital protects the other 15 percent of customers' investments -- the central processor itself.
Direct Connect Architecture connects multiple processors, the memory controller and the I/O directly to the central processor unit, helping to eliminate the bottlenecks inherent in a front-side bus.
Based on a powerful central processor from Intel(R) and featuring Microsoft Corp.
And, he and his company produced a product which runs not only on tomorrow's generation of central processors, but today's, allowing us to use it today with our installed base of personal computers, and through standards to communicate with our installed base of group videoconferencing systems.
The project featured Lucent Technologies' design development, manufacturing, engineering, installation, and retrofit of 135 central processors in AT&T's long-distance switching systems across the United States.
With zPrime, organizations can easily and automatically offload massive amounts of work from IBM System z central processors (CPs) to IBM specialty processors, which run as fast as CPs, but cost much less.

Full browser ?