Challenge 2 - 1 Patrick Vorce Systems Thinking and Design...

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1 Patrick Vorce Systems Thinking and Design March 6, 2008 Computer systems are considered highly technical, with many components that make up  the machine.  There are, however, many other components that are required in order for the  computer to do anything.  For instance, the CPU, or central processing unit, is comprised of  multiple microscopic-sized sections that are essential to the computer’s functioning.  Once all of  these components are put together, they work synergistically as a working computer.  But,  another equally important aspect is the network of computers that is able to be built, enabling  users to communicate, share data, and access the Internet. The systems shown have been designed from a “ground-up” point of view as a systems  administrator.  Models somewhat similar to these are constantly being used in the real world as  references for those that wish to learn more about computing systems.  Because there is very  little that an individual is able to learn simply by looking at the insides of a computer, depictions  of the microscopic parts, as well as the larger parts, are incredibly helpful in understanding how  these systems operate. A computer system would be nothing more than a black box, were there no CPU in it.  The immediate appearance of the CPU is quite mundane, being little more than a piece of  silicon with metal on top of it.  But from a technical point of view, the die that is located  underneath that metal is one of the most complex systems in the whole machine.  Surprisingly, 
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This note was uploaded on 04/28/2008 for the course STCM 123 taught by Professor Shapiro during the Spring '08 term at Ithaca College.

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Challenge 2 - 1 Patrick Vorce Systems Thinking and Design...

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