Interleaved processing Techniques that increase system efficiency.
Multiprogramming Multitasking with a multiuser operating system.
Multithreading A type of operating system with the ability to process multiple sequences of instructions within a program at one time.
Thread A sequence of instructions within a program.
Coprocessing Utilizes special-purpose processors to assist the CPU with specialized chores.
Parallel processing Involves using two or more CPUs in a computer system to work more efficiently.
Virtual Memory Allows the use of more RAM than is physically installed in the PC.
Paging Continues until a program in virtual memory finishes executing.
False TRUE OR FALSE: One of the key pieces of applications software is the operating system.
False TRUE OR FALSE: A computer cannot function without application software.
e. Windows 3.1 Which of the following is technically not an operating system? a. Windows XP b. NetWare c. Windows ME d. MS-DOS e. Windows 3.1
a. buffers Many operating systems use ____ to temporarily store data that are to be output. a. buffers b. virtual pages c. special areas of ROM d. registers e. partitions
a. remove a program from a computer An uninstall utility can be used to: a. remove a program from a computer. b. reformat a diskette. c. rearrange files to place them in contiguous clusters. d. (It can be used for all of the above.) e. (It does none of the above.)
c. graphical user interface. An operating system that allows a user to give commands by clicking on icons, buttons, or other objects is described as having a: a. command line interface. b. mouse driven controller. c. graphical user interface. d. click oriented environment. e. (None of the above.)
d. multiprocessing. The type of processing in which a computer system uses several CPUs to perform work simultaneously is called: a. multithreading. b. multitasking. c. multiuser. d. multiprocessing. e. multiprogramming.
c. diagnostic Repairing damaged files would be performed by a(n) ____ program. a. defragmentation b. directory decompression c. diagnostic d. reinstallation e. encryption
a. creating a spreadsheet Which of the following tasks would be performed by application software? a. creating a spreadsheet b. defragmenting a disk c. finding and diagnosing disk errors d. managing your program files e. translating commands into a form understood by the computer
d. multitasking. The ability of an operating system to allow one user to run two or more programs at the same time on one computer is called: a. spooling. b. program swapping. c. time-sharing. d. multitasking. e. virtual memory.