Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 164

Dale - Computer Science Illuminated 164 - 17. What is an...

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Exercises 137 6. Define RPM and discuss what it means in terms of speed of access to a disk. 7. Define the following terms and give their abbreviation. a. pico b. nano c. micro d. milli 8. Define the following terms and give their abbreviation. a. kilo b. mega c. giga d. tera 9. Give the derivation of the terms in Exercises 7 and 8. 10. What is the stored-program concept and why is it important? 11. What does “units that process information are separate from the units that store information” mean in terms of a computer architecture? 12. Name the components of a von Neumann machine. 13. What is the addressability of an 8-bit machine? 14. What is the function of the ALU? 15. Which component in the von Neumann architecture acts as the stage manager. Explain. 16. Punched cards and paper tape were early input/output mediums. Discuss their advantages and disadvantages.
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Unformatted text preview: 17. What is an instruction register? What is its function? 18. What is a program counter? What is its function? 19. List the steps in the fetch-execute cycle. 20. Explain what is meant by fetch an instruction. 21. Explain what is meant by decode and instruction. 22. Explain what is meant by execute an instruction. 23. Compare and contrast RAM and ROM memory. 24. What is a secondary storage device? Why are such devices important? 25. Discuss the pros and cons of using magnetic tape as a storage medium. 26. Draw one surface of a disk showing the tracks and sectors. 27. Define what is meant by a block of data. 28. What is a cylinder? 29. Define the steps that a hard disk drive goes through to transfer a block of data from the disk to memory....
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