refers to the level of abstraction above the digital logic level, but below
the operating system level.
Click on the image to test your understanding of this hierarchy of abstraction in systems organization.
At this level, the major
components are functional units or subsystems that correspond to specific
pieces of hardware built from the lower level building blocks described
in the previous module.
A closely related term,
architecture, emphasizes the engineering decisions and tradeoffs that
must be made in order to produce a "good" design. The computer architect
answers questions like...
Courses in computer organization at Virginia Tech include:
A Tutorial on "How Computers Are Made" Written by: Tuan "Solace" Nguyen.
Last Updated 10/23/2000
J.A.N. Lee & L. Heath, 2000.