Turing machine

Tu·ring machine

noun \ˈtr-iŋ-, ˈtyr-\

Definition of TURING MACHINE

:  a hypothetical computing machine that has an unlimited amount of information storage


A. M. Turing †1954 English mathematician
First Known Use: 1937

Turing machine

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Hypothetical computing device proposed by Alan M. Turing (1936). Not actually a machine, it is an idealized mathematical model that reduces the logical structure of any computing device to its essentials. It consists of an infinitely extensible tape, a tape head that is capable of performing various operations on the tape, and a modifiable control mechanism in the head that can store instructions. As envisaged by Turing, it performs its functions in a sequence of discrete steps. His extrapolation of the essential features of information processing was instrumental in the development of modern digital computers, which share his basic scheme of an input/output device (tape and tape reader), central processing unit (CPU, or control mechanism), and stored memory.


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