Definition 24.3: high performance computing
Grouping multiple computers or multiple computer processors to accomplish a task in less time.
Definition 24.4: sequential processing
Using only one processor and completing the tasks in a sequential order.
Definition 24.5: parallel processing
Dividing a task into parts that can utilize more than one processor.
Definition 24.6: central processing unit
The electronic circuitry that actually executes computer instructions.
Definition 24.7: parallel programming
Involves developing programs that utilize parallel processing algorithms that take advantage of multiple processors.