central processing unit


Definition of central processing unit

: cpu

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Recent Examples on the Web Early microprocessors like Intel’s first central processing unit released in 1971 didn't create enough heat to require cooling. Jim Morrison, Smithsonian Magazine, "A New System for Cooling Down Computers Could Revolutionize the Pace of Innovation," 16 Sep. 2020 The central processing unit is the primary processing chip in any computer, including a gaming computer. Kyle Schurman, chicagotribune.com, "The best gaming computer of 2020," 8 Aug. 2020 In addition to the main central processing unit, there will be a graphics processing unit and a Neural Engine for handling machine learning, a popular and powerful type of AI, the people said. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, "In a first, Apple plans to shift to its own processors to power new Mac computers," 9 June 2020 Analogous to the central processing unit of a computer, working memory is a cognitive system responsible for carrying out the mental operations involved in complex tasks such as problem solving and language comprehension. David Z. Hambrick, Scientific American, "What Makes a Prodigy?," 22 Sep. 2015 Instead of relying on firmware, Microsoft has worked with AMD, Intel, and Qualcomm to make new central processing unit chips that can run integrity checks during boot in a controlled, cryptographically verified way. Wired, "Microsoft's New Plan to Defend the Code Deep Within PCs," 21 Oct. 2019 Libratus got around this bottleneck by only using searches in the final two (out of four) betting rounds—but that solution still required the use of 100 central processing units (CPUs) in a game with only two players. Jeremy Hsu, Scientific American, "AI Conquers Six-Player Poker," 11 July 2019 The result was a virtual parallel processor that could run off a single central processing unit. Stephen Witt, WIRED, "Apollo 11: Mission Out of Control," 24 June 2019 The preferred architecture no longer features a single central processing unit (CPU) augmented with random access memory (RAM) and a hard drive for long-term storage. Jennifer Ouellette, Quanta Magazine, "The Future Fabric of Data Analysis," 9 Oct. 2013

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1956, in the meaning defined above

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“Central processing unit.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/central%20processing%20unit. Accessed 1 Dec. 2020.

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