complex instruction set computing

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Related to complex instruction set computing: reduced instruction set computing, Instruction set architecture
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Noun1.complex instruction set computing - (computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a large number of instructions hard coded into the CPU chip
computer architecture, architecture - (computer science) the structure and organization of a computer's hardware or system software; "the architecture of a computer's system software"
computer science, computing - the branch of engineering science that studies (with the aid of computers) computable processes and structures
reduced instruction set computer, reduced instruction set computing, RISC - (computer science) a kind of computer architecture that has a relatively small set of computer instructions that it can perform
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By eliminating the concept of physical processing cores, Soft Machines' Virtual Instruction Set Computing (VISC) differentiates itself from established Complex Instruction Set Computing (CISC) and Reduced Instruction Set Computing (RISC) architectures - the popular examples being x86 and ARM respectively.
Although PowerPC--the creation of Apple, Motorola and IBM efforts--has failed to take hold of the consumer market the way Pentium has, its backers maintain that PowerPC is a superior processor, built largely on its RISC (reduced instruction set computing) technology, which essentially requires fewer programming steps compared with the CISC (complex instruction set computing) technology of Pentium.
HP sees data processing evolving from centralized mainframe-based data centers with expert-mediated user access to client-server systems with direct desktop user access, from closed to open architectures, from large support requirements to small-staff, low-cost support, and from costly complex instruction set computing to less-expensive RISC technology.

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