Hardware
Processor and Memory


This section describes the components within the architecture of a Central Processing Unit (CPU). We will illustrate the operations performed by the CPU, and examine computer memory, considering the various types of memory found within a computer.

Modern computer architecture is accredited to John Von Neumann. This was first noted in his paper criticising the methods used in computing at that time. Von Neumann suggested that programs for the computer could be represented in digital form in the computer's memory along with the data.



John Von Neumann