parallel

What is parallel?

parallel meaning (1) (IEEE) Pertaining to the simultaneity of two or more processes. (2) (IEEE) Pertaining to the simultaneous processing of individual parts of a whole, such as the bits of a character or the characters of a word, using separate facilities for the various parts. (3) Term describing simultaneous transmission of the bits making up a character, usually eight bits [one byte]. Contrast with serial.

 

reference: U.S . Food & Drug – Glossary of Computer System Software Development Terminology (8/95)

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