central processing unit

What is central processing unit?

central processing unit meaning The unit of a computer that includes the circuits controlling the interpretation of program instructions and their execution. The CPU controls the entire computer. It receives and sends data through input-output channels, retrieves data and programs from memory, and conducts mathematical and logical functions of a program.

 

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

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