Server hardware Definitions

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    64-bit processor

    A 64-bit processor is a microprocessor with a word size of 64 bits, a requirement for memory and data intensive applications such as computer-aided design (CAD) applications, database management systems, technical and scientific applications, and high-performance servers.

  • A

    ACF2 or CA-ACF2 (Access Control Facility)

    ACF2 (more formally, CA-ACF2; the ACF stands for Access Control Facility) is a set of programs from Computer Associates that enable security on mainframes.

  • ambient temperature

    In a computing context, ambient temperature is the air temperature of any environment where computers and related equipment are kept.

  • Andrew

    Andrew was a joint project between Carnegie-Mellon University and IBM to set up a distributed computing environment on the CMU campus.

  • ARM server

    An advanced RISC machine (ARM) server is an enterprise-class computer server that employs a large array of ARM processors rather than a complement of x86-class processors.

  • assembler

    An assembler is a program that takes basic computer instructions and converts them into a pattern of bits that the computer's processor can use to perform its basic operations.

  • B

    back-end

    Front-end and back-end are terms used to characterize program interfaces and services relative to the initial user of these interfaces and services.

  • batch

    In a computer, a batch job is a program that is assigned to the computer to run without further user interaction.

  • C

    Calibrated Vectored Cooling (CVC)

    Calibrated Vectored Cooling (CVC) is an air-cooling technology developed by IBM for server systems with high component density.

  • Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch 3020

    The Cisco Catalyst Blade Switch 3020 is a switch designed for the Hewlett-Packard (HP) BladeSystem c-Class of blade servers... (Continued)

  • cluster computing

    In computers, clustering is the use of multiple computers, typically PCs or UNIX workstations, multiple storage devices, and redundant interconnections, to form what appears to users as a single highly available system.

  • CMDB (configuration management database)

    A configuration management database (CMDB) is a database that contains all relevant information about the hardware and software components used in an organization's IT services and the relationships between those components.

  • compaction

    In a data center, compaction is the reduction or consolidation of hardware to make better use of physical floor space.

  • computer-intensive

    Computer-intensive is a term that applies to any computing application that requires the resources of a lot of computers, such as grid computing.

  • crossbar latch

    A crossbar latch, also called a molecular crossbar latch, is a nanoscale device with properties similar to those of a conventional silicon transistor, but physically much smaller, having a diameter of approximately 2 nanometers (nm, where 1 nm = 10-9 m).

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