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Compute platforms

Compute platforms

Compute platforms definition

Compute platforms are the essential hardware and software systems that let us run programs and complete tasks. They are like engines that provide the power, memory, storage, and networking for the software to work well. Examples of compute platforms include everything from personal laptops to supercomputers.

See also: binary code analysis

How compute platforms work

  • Compute platforms are made up of hardware and an operating system.
  • When you want to use a software program or app, you place it on the platform.
  • The platform ensures the software has what it needs (e.g., it assigns resources like memory, processing power, and storage).
  • The software works using the assigned resources to carry out its tasks.
  • If you’re using the software, you do it through a user-friendly interface (e.g., a social media app).
  • The software handles its tasks, performing calculations, processing data, or providing information.
  • The software delivers its results – showing you data, displaying images, or producing reports.
  • When you’re done, you can save your work or close the software.

Compute platform examples

  • Hardware-based: personal computers, servers, supercomputers, and mobile devices like smartphones or tablets.
  • Cloud-based: Amazon web services, Microsoft Azure, and IBM Cloud.
  • Virtualization-based: VMware, Docker.
  • Distributed: Hadoop, Kubernetes.

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