central processing unit (CPU)

What is central processing unit (CPU)?

central processing unit (CPU) meaning in Information Science terminology / glossary / dictionary is:

The hardware component of a computer that houses the circuitry for storing and processing data according to instructions contained in the programs installed on it, including the operating system, utilities to run peripheral devices, and application software. Generally speaking, the more memory and disk storage a CPU has, the more processing it can handle within a given amount of time, and the faster it can accomplish a task.


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