Mainframes vs. Personal Computers

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Main Frames vs. Personal Computers

Joe Livingston

POS/355

April 16 2010
Adam Manfred
The essay will cover two main topics of main frames are. The second topic is personal computers or PC. The essay will define what a mainframe computer is and what the computers primary functions are. The paper will cover what a personal computer is and what PC are used for. Once both the mainframe computer and personal computer are defined, the paper will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of both systems. According to techtarget.com a mainframe is a computer that can process thousands of lines of code for a large scale environment like a bank. Mainframes were typically very large machines could span entire rooms. Mainframes can be accessed also through local area networks (LAN) or wide area networks (WAN) and have multiple users. According to bookrags.com mainframe uses a central processing unit that performs calculates and issues instructions to other components. Personal computers or PC also do most of the tasks mainframe computers do in different and smaller scales. The personal computer or PC has many uses for individual users. According to britannica.com a personal computer or digital computer is designed for the use of one person at a time. Personal computers use most of the same comp nets as a mainframe computer like a central processing unit CPU, random access memory RAM, Hard drive. The personal computer has input and output devices like keyboard, mouse, USB flash drives, and web cameras. Personal computers are used by different users for many different tasks like gaming, web development, text documents like spread sheets. Mainframes are normally dedicated software for computing thousands of transactions per second. Mainframes for this reason are more centralized and used mostly by banks. Personal computers have uses for personal…...

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