A. Parts of the Computer System:
1. CPU(Central Processing Unit) or Processor
a. Main Memory
b. Secondary Memory
3. Peripheral Devices:
a. Input Devices
b. Output Devices
B. System-is a set of interacting or interdependent entities, real or abstract, formin an integrated whole. The concept of an 'integrated whole' can also be stated in terms of a system embodying a set of relationships which are differentiated from relationships of the set to other elements, and from relationships between an element of the set and elements not a part of the relational regime.
C. Examples of Platforms:
-RISC processor based machines running UNIX variants:
-Sun computers running the Solaris operating system.
-DEC Alpha cluster running under OpenVMS.
-Macintosh, custom Apple Computer hardware and Mac OS operating system (now migrated on x86).
-Commodity computer platforms, such as:
-Wintel, that is, Intel x86 or compatible hardware and Windows operating system.
-Lintel, that is, Intel x86 or compatible hardware and the Linux operating system.
-x86 with other Unix-like systems such as BSD variants.
-Gumstix full function miniature computers with Linux.
-A mainframe computer with its custom operating system, say an IBM z/OS.
-A midrange computer with its custom operating system, say an IBM OS/400.
-ARM architecture found in mobile devices.
-Any variety of video game console.
D. Management-Management in simple terms means the act of getting people together to accomplish desired goals. Management comprises planning, organizing, resourcing, leading or directing, and controlling an organization (a group of one or more people or entities) or effort for the purpose of accomplishing a goal. Resourcing encompasses the deployment and manipulation of human resources, financial resources, technological resources, and natural resources.